his homily at St. Paul Outside the Walls:
To be sure, the testimony of faith comes in very many forms, just as in a
great fresco, there is a variety of colours and shades; yet they are
all important, even those which do not stand out. In God’s great plan,
every detail is important, even yours, even my humble little witness,
even the hidden witness of those who live their faith with simplicity in
everyday family relationships, work relationships, friendships. There
are the saints of every day, the “hidden” saints, a sort of “middle
class of holiness” to which we can all belong. But in different parts
of the world, there are also those who suffer, like Peter and the
Apostles, on account of the Gospel; there are those who give their lives
in order to remain faithful to Christ by means of a witness marked by
the shedding of their blood. Let us all remember this: one cannot
proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one’s life.
Those who listen to us and observe us must be able to see in our
actions what they hear from our lips, and so give glory to God!
Inconsistency on the part of pastors and the faithful between what they
say and what they do, between word and manner of life, is undermining
the Church’s credibility.
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