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What Does Piety Look Like?

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In his book, Varieties of Christian Experience, Lutheran psychologist Sv Norborg describes a saint (in other words, a pious person) as “an average man or woman in whose presence we realize that God is a reality.”  He goes on to say:

“Such a personality has, as have all humans, its limitations.  Still one finds here a natural supernaturalism and a grateful sense of life’s values.  A clearness of thought, with visionary hope against hope.  A consideration of factual realities in the world and in our fellow men, in a spirit of sound judgement and friendliness.  A sober control of emotions, placing deeds of love above romantic or pious words.  A stability of will that springs from a surrendered life under God’s benediction.  A free and balanced expression of thoughts and feelings, not absolute in its statements, still clear in its convictions.  An openminded interest in life and lives, depending upon a self-forgetting, unseen love, taken as a matter of fact, not demonstrated to be seen by men, but hidden in God.  A humility that is neither sick nor sour, a joy that is neither ecstatic nor fading, a confidence in God that is not shaken by the tempests of sorrow or affliction.  An unknown among millions, known to God, which makes this anonymous life different.”

Do you know someone like this?

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