Gift of Piety: Pope St. Gregory taught, “Through fear of the Lord, we rise to piety.” The basic definition is “to give filial worship to God precisely as our Father and to relate with all people as children of the same Father.” Here a person shows reverence for God as a loving Father, and respects others as children of God precisely because that is what we all are.
We must not forget that through baptism, we have been reborn as a child of God. St. Paul taught, “All who are led by the spirit of God are sons of God. You did not receive a spirit of slavery leading you back into fear, but a spirit of adoption through which we cry out, ‘Abba!’ (that is, ‘Father’). The Spirit himself gives witness with our spirit that we are children of God. But if we are children, we are heirs as well: heirs of God, heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with Him so as to be glorified with Him,” (Rom 8:14-17). To appreciate this teaching, remember that “Abba” is the diminutive, familiar word of the more formal father; a better translation might be “daddy.” The same holds for the “Our Father,” whereby Jesus Himself taught us to pray, addressing His Father as “Abba.”