People need 'prophets' to warn them of their sins

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020
By Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY  — If a saint like King David could have been capable of so much sin, what are regular people doing to make sure they can always be attentive and aware of where they are going wrong? Pope Francis asked.

“Am I alert? Do I always need someone who tells me the truth, or not? Do I think I don’t?” he said Jan. 31 in his homily at morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

The pope focused his homily on the day’s first reading (2 Sm 11:1-17) about David’s sin, which included committing adultery and giving orders to arrange for the death of the woman’s husband.

How could David, who had done so many good things and loved God, be capable of this and feel no remorse? the pope asked.

Everyone is vulnerable to spur-of-the-moment sins, like anger, but usually that is followed by a sense of guilt or regret, he said.

Instead, what happened to David was a slow “slide” into a condition that completely lacked any awareness of sin, he said.

Pope Pius XII warned of such a situation years ago, when he described the evil of the modern era as being the loss of the sense of sin and the assumption that people can do anything.

Many people today are like David, Pope Francis said.

They seem like good people, “go to Mass every Sunday, call themselves Christian,” but they are oblivious to their own sins or behave as if those sins were normal. One example, he said, is pretending it is normal to not pay maids or workers their due.

Many times, it takes something in life to deliver a hard “slap” to make the person stop and get off that long slippery slope of sin, he said.

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