You try to look like holy men, but among these pious garments of you there are hearts tainted with all kinds of hypocrisy and sin. – Matthew 23:28, The Living Bible She also sent a preacher, a serious, pious, good man, and addressed with such seriousness the work of sincere remorse that I believe, and also the preacher, that she was a true penitent. – Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders, 1722 Because the word speaks of religion and religiosity, Many piously associate with the Bible. However, it is totally missing in many translations of the Bible, probably due to its ambiguous meaning. Fromm is, however, included, among other things, in the Revised Revised Version and in the initialing Bible: despite his desire to control Europe without rivals, Napoleon understood that he had to reach an agreement with the all-powerful Catholic Church. During lengthy negotiations, eight years before his abduction, Pius VII finally signed the concordat of 1801, which recognized that the Church was «the religion of the great majority of the French people,» while limiting the size of the French clergy and tying its members closely to the French state, which would henceforth pay its salaries. The agreement strictly limited the Pope`s authority in France and approved the sale by the revolutionary government of the Catholic Church`s immense land holding in France. The Lord`s blessing is the reward of the pious, and God quickly makes His blessing prosper. —Sirach 11:22, New Revised Standard Version Joseph was an old man, no, an old man—very old, perhaps, but gasped and assiduous. «May the Lord help us!» he said in a tone of peevic discontent, as he cleared me of my horse and looked me so furiously in the face in the meantime that I kindly suspected that he needed divine help to digest his dinner, and his pious ejaculation had nothing to do with my unexpected coming. It was created through voluntary donations from individuals and religious organizations in Mexico to members of the Society of Jesus to enable them to spread the Catholic faith in the upper province of Las California of the Vice Kingdom of New Spain, the present-day U.S. state of California. The first donations to the Fund were given to the missionaries, the most active Juan María de Salvatierra (founder of many missions in Baja California) and Eusebio Francisco Kino (founders of many missions in the Sonoran Desert and Baja California).
Subsequent and larger donations took the form of donor agreements to maintain the assets donated for the use of the missions and to devote their income for that purpose. In 1717, virtually all donations were transferred to the Jesuits, and from that year until the expulsion of the Society of Jesus from Mexico, the Pious Fund was managed by them. There are a thousand pickaxes on the branches of evil for someone who strikes at the root, and it may be that the one who gives the most time and money to the needy, by his way of life, does the most to produce that misery that he tries in vain to relieve. . . .