We live out the two great commandments not because they are commandments but because of our belief in the loving Spirit of God. The person who lives in the spirit of true piety does not live by pious platitudes and superficial practices but in the firm conviction that God is the bedrock of her/his life. Piety reverences our Creator God and respects the relationship we share with all others human and non-human. It enables us to live in love and gratitude for the energizing presence of the Holy Spirit and the providence, and unconditional love which that Presence provides. It completes the virtue of justice and enables us to fulfill our obligations to God and neighbor
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
Today I will try to be attentive to God’s presence and grateful for God’s love and provident care. I will try to be attentive to the needs of others.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Be kind one to another; tenderhearted, forgiving one another; even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.
What then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Sit at the gate of my heart.
Teach me your ways.
Meet me in every thought.
Attune my mind to your perceptions.
Open all that is closed within me.
I desire your instruction.
I long to receive and share your love.
Both piety and wisdom involve self-command, self-conquest, self-denial, strength of will, and firmness of purpose. But though these qualities are instrumental in the pursuit of piety, they are not its nature. It is the regard for the transcendent, the devotion to God, that constitutes its essence.
Abraham J. Heschel
Singing hallelujah everywhere does not prove piety.
True piety has in it nothing weak, nothing sad, nothing constrained. It enlarges the heart; it is simple, free, and attractive.