The Gospel reading today and 1st reading was about how we are responsible and accountable for admonishing the sinner and if we don’t we can go to Hell for not doing that! What about taking the plank out of our eye before we admonish the sinner? Also just applying that is very confusing to me. Please read on and advise. Thank you!
I mean like when I go to get my hair cut the hairdresser and I usually end up talking about our children and then that drifts to how we gave birth and then that usually drifts to some area that is sinful like tying tubes or something like that. I said nothing and prayed for her . Later I went to confession and the priest said I did the right thing since only the Holy Spirit can convert - yet what about this Gospel?? And the 1st reading.
Later my DH and I were talking about his workplace and that there are a lot of people there who don’t like the catholic religion and who are very liberal. There are plenty of oppurtunities for him to say something but wouldn’t it be like ‘casting your pearls before swine’? Isn’t it his duty to provide for us more important? Isn’t admonishing the sinner more directed for parents to do to their children? ALso catholic bashing is the only acceptable form of bashing. HR would not admonish someone for doing that, we believe, but if DH reproves someone - there will be hell to pay for it! I mean also when that was written in Israel everyone who was an Israelite practiced or at least was supposed to practice the Jewish religion. Nowadays you don’t know who is what. So if you reprove someone for getting their tubes tied or getting an abortion and they are a pagan then I don’t know.
I used to spend a lot of time trying to change the mind of congressmen/women and senators to vote more pro-life to only find out that the real way to change hearts is to raise your kids pro-life and catholic and to out reproduce the pro-deathers/anti-catholics. Now I spend a considerably less amount of time since I have a little one. My DS comes first.
I recall a true story of a woman who had 3 kids and was always defending the rights of the unborn at the abortion mill and in the end all 3 of her kids left the catholic religion because she was not a mom to them. In fact her husband was an alcoholic and one of the adult children was interviewed and he said ‘I’ll take the drunk over the pro-lifer any day.’ I know of another woman who ran a pro-life group for years and years, had 4 kids and all 4 are lost in terms of faith. I don’t know more specifics there.
Yet God says that if we do not reprove then we are responsible for their soul. Yikes.
Your take on this as a lay person, who has to hold down a job, etc. Thanks!