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The Pope on Piety

As Pentecost approaches Pope Francis has been using his Wednesday general audiences as an opportunity to talk about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The clips below highlight his teaching on what is perhaps the most misunderstood gift- Piety.

The first video is a news report about the audience that captures a few snippets of the Pope’s teaching. The second is a reading by one of the Pope’s assistants repeating the core message in English.



The Pope’s message on the Gift of Piety in English:

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, we now turn to the gift of piety. Through this spiritual gift, we experience ever anew, with joy and gratitude, the loving relationship with God our Father which has been granted us in Jesus his Son. It is this loving relationship which grounds and perfects our authentic worship of God. The love poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit leads us to perceive the Lord’s presence and love in our lives, and moves us to respond joyfully in prayer and adoration. Piety is not mere outward religiosity; it is that genuine religious spirit which makes us turn to the Father as his children and to grow in our love for others, seeing them as our brothers and sisters, members of God’s family. Let us ask that, through this gift of the Holy Spirit, we may always be ready to offer a helping hand to others, in the joyful awareness of that solidarity which is born of our communion with God in the unity of Christ’s body, the Church.

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