When we talk about the gift of piety, it is often easiest to get the hang of it by talking about what it looks like. Like most things having to do with God or any other personal relationship, piety is often a thing easier caught than taught. Seeing a saint makes it easier to understand sanctity than merely reading about it, just as you more easily learn to ride a bike or throw a football by watching others and doing it than you do by just reading an instruction manual.
This is one of the reasons that the Church gives us saints to venerate — and why some of the most beloved saints were not necessarily big on book learning themselves.
Take St. Francis of Assisi. This is a man who was...READ MORE