[Pope Francis] does not want the Church to be full of “whited sepulchers” walking around looking like they are doing all the right things, but inside full of “dead people’s bones” (Mt 23:27). And second of all, he knows that one of the most powerful antidotes to people leaving the Church is the conversion and holiness of the people in the pews.
Because “whited sepulchers” are really not convincing evangelists.
As a former atheist, I can tell you that God used many holy people to bring me back into the Church. But the devil also used people with traces of “toxic faith” to push me away. And sometimes, those people were one in the same. We are all compromised in our ability to evangelize well because we are sinners. And we all have traces of a toxic faith within us. If the devil can’t get us out of the Church, he tries his best to poison our faith life.
If you’ve been reading the Daily Catch for a while you may be able to tell that the modern Catholic ‘songbook’ is one of your contributor’s biggest pet peeves. Imagine my surprise when my toxic act was listed at number 5. I have some praying to do. What about you?
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