From the Duomo, Florence
SEVENTH DAY OF THE NOVENA (Thursday)
Alleluia! Christ the Lord ascendeth into heaven;
O come, let us adore Him! Alleluia!
Thou, of all consolers best,
Visiting the troubled breast,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.
The Gift of Piety
The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It involves an awareness of love’s many obligations and duties, and inspires us to faithfully love and respect for His sake persons and any things consecrated to Him, especially those who are vested with His authority, the apostles and prophets and the Saints, the Church and its clergy, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of pure and undefiled religion, not a burdensome duty, but a willing and delightful service.
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart; incline it to a true faith in you, to a holy love of you, my God, that with my whole being I may seek you, and find you to be my best, my truest joy; Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake to lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.