June, Piety and You

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June is traditionally dedicated to foster devotion and piety for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Speaking of piety, consider what you might do regarding your own pious, devotional practices. Hint: don’t be afraid to be pious! We lose nothing by being devout. We gain ineffable benefits.

Do not be afraid to bend yourself down before God. Address the angels and saints as your intercessors and patrons.

Be simply pious.

Man was made to be pious.

This is the essence of Religion: to give due reverence to God.

Without piety we are empty shells.

The sin of our First Parents was the opposite of piety: act like self-sufficient self-gods.  We can drift into sinful defiance of God by neglect of piety and devotion.

Consider the benefits of devotion, and then consider the downside of being, not impious, in the sense of being wicked, but slothful, haphazard, lukewarm. How did our Lord describe the fate of the tepid?  It wasn’t good.

People might hesitate to be pious because they then have to give up things that are incompatible with piety. Benedict XVI said in the sermon for his inaugural Mass in 2005:

“Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? And once again the Pope said: No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great.”

To develop a habit, and being pious and devout is a habit, start small.

Firstly, examine your conscience daily, in the evening, looking not just for sins you committed, but also how you sinned by omission.  That is how we ferret out negligence in regard to the virtue of Religion.

Next, during the day, say brief, silent prayers. No one needs to know that you prayed.  Pick one.  How about, “Jesus, meek and humble of heart: Make my heart like unto Thine.”  That little prayer has it all.  It drips with piety like Jesus’ wounded Heart.  It’s wonderful.

Next, research opportunities for public devotions and attend.  Never mind that they are unfamiliar.  Just go.

And…

GO TO CONFESSION!

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