PODCAST | Piety of the Magi – Feast of the Epiphany

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In this meditation for the Feast of the Epiphany, Fr Javier del Castillo helps us to learn from the Magi how to live a life of piety that is guided by love and magnanimity.

The Magi “teach us a lesson in piety. Their piety is shown by the fact that they are capable of love. They leave the comfort of their home and kingdom. They are willing to go through hardship in order to find the King of the Jews and to worship Him.”

The logic of love and of magnanimity demonstrated by the Magi shows us that “only the person in love never thinks that what he or she has done for his or her beloved is actually enough. They always seek to outdo themselves and to do too much.”

“When their star disappears, they didn’t question, they seek help… The greatest proof of piety is that their love does not grow cold. They don’t doubt their love. They don’t become cynical of their love. And they don’t doubt the legitimacy of the star when it disappears…”

As we celebrate this feast of the Church and the beginning of a New Year, our lives of piety are guided by the knowledge that “something greater than ourselves is what we need to adore. We do need a Savior to save us from sin and death.”


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Rev. Javier del Castillo Rev. Javier del Castillo

Fr. Javier del Castillo is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Philosophy. He currently carries out his pastoral ministry in New York and is President of the St. Josemaria Institute.

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