Excerpt from Prayer Warrior Summit Formation by M. Nadine


“As proof that you are children, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Gal 4:6)

We have received the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit to empower us. The gift of piety is the particular gift of the Holy Spirit that has been given to us to be a weapon to help us cast out the sin of anger. The gift of piety is a tremendous gift of great love of the Father and of His children. The gift of piety gives us the motive, strength, and direction to nail the sin of anger to the Cross . The gift of piety helps us to release the anger for the greater honor and glory of the Father and for the salvation of souls. It’s a beautiful gift that we need to combat this capital sin, so that we can lay that sin to rest with Jesus on the Cross.

We need the virtue of meekness to combat the sin of anger. Jesus had all the virtues, and He said, “Learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of Heart” (Mt 11:29). Meekness is tremendous strength, tremendous restraint, not weakness. So spiritual childhood is key for our identity, and through the gift of piety, the virtues of gentleness, patience, and meekness are constantly manifested. We are equipped with the “footgear of peace” (Eph 6:15) when we combat the sin of anger and put it to rest with “Father, forgive.” When we can lay our anger to rest through forgiveness, there is peace and we are set free. We are free, we are at peace, and as intercessors, we can get those graces for others to have peace as well. The power of intercession comes when we can nail it to the Cross, when we can forgive, when we can take on others’ unforgiveness and do the same so that they can experience “salvation through forgiveness of sin” (cf. Lk 1:77). That’s what Jesus did for us. This is what Our Lady did for us. This is what Jesus wants to do for others now with, in, and through us.

Isaiah tells us, “Come now, let us set things right” (Is 1:18). Just the words, “set things right” brings peace. We want things to be right. God is a God of order. Sin is disorder. We want “things set right”!

“I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts.” (Ezekiel 36:26)