When I was in the Protestant faith, I don’t ever recall being taught “piety” or making acts of faith. We were taught the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit and doing acts of charity, but things like penance, corporal/spiritual acts of mercy, prayers and novenas, etc were not taught.
All we needed was to have faith in Jesus. There was no doctrinal explanation and guidance for issues of the world.
After coming across some Catholic religious books, I realized there’s more to spirituality than “have faith”. Obviously, faith is required, but there’s more for normal people to do.
Simply put, in the Protestant church, I didn’t know that something more existed other than the Bible and faith. That even little things can “count” and become meritorious in the eyes of God. That we really need to make reparations for our sins, even if it’s a seemingly trivial attempt.
There is a rich spiritual tradition of the Catholic Church (and Orthodox Church): the way to holiness, getting rid of passions, prayers, the intercession of the Blessed Mother, Sacraments (the reality of the physical world and how it is not separated from the spiritual world), inspiring deeds of saints, and Real Presence of Jesus.
Since all Christians have the same goal of being holy and righteous, are not the lives of saints, at least, enough to draw Protestants to the Church? I think it’s perfectly possible to be Protestant and holy, but it seems to be more difficult and more lonesome. But with God, all things are possible and if it be His will, so be it.
But I have this idea, perhaps delusional, that if Protestants can just come across saintly spirituality, the Holy Spirit would lead them to seek and find the Church.
Just wish we could overcome sola scriptura and false claim of Mariolatry and worship of dead people…
/end morning rambling