Hey everyone. I have often mentioned admonishing the sinner which is a spiritual work of mercy. Unfortunately it seems that every time I mention it someone will tell me that it is not my business to be admonishing sinners. Now, I may be wrong here and I am open to correction but if it is not my business to be admonishing sinners then why would the Catholic Church list it as a spiritual work of mercy?
Anyway, I post this thread because it seems to me that there is a misunderstanding either on my part or on the part of others that admonishing sinners is not something we are supposed to do. I believe it is something we are supposed to do but that we are supposed to do it with gentleness and kindness.
Here are some articles on Admonishing Sinners:
catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=8158 - This is an article about admonishing sinners by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R who I believe appears on EWTN from time to time.
catholicity.com/commentary/shea/08409.html - This is an article about admonishing sinners by Catholic apologist, Mark Shea.
newadvent.org/cathen/04394a.htm - This is a New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia article about fraternal correction which is the same thing as admonishing sinners.
newadvent.org/cathen/10198d.htm - This is a New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia article about the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
Also, here is a Bible passage which I believe involves admonishing of sinners:
My brethren, if any one among you wanders from the truth and some one brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
(James 5:19-20 RSV-CE)
And finally, this is what I believe admonishing sinners is. I believe that admonishing a sinner involves trying to gently, lovingly, and in a non-condemnatory manner to correct a person who is living in sin so that they repent. One should always keep in mind, of course, that all of us are sinners.
So anyway, has anyone else noticed that some Catholics seem to be averse to this spiritual work of mercy?