On this the third day of the Novena of the Holy Spirit, we ask for the gift of Piety: total devotion and obedience to God.

As the adopted children of God, we ought to hope to imitate Jesus Christ’s example of obedience to the Father: “I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me” (John 6:38)

Of course, to imitate Jesus’s piety is to be willing to go beyond prayer. It means to give alms and to fast; to care for those in need and to seek detachment from the earthly desires that enslave us:

If we imitate our Lord Jesus, he will lift us up just like his Father lifted him up: “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40)

Have a blessed day!!!

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