July 1, 2014. The Council of Cardinals began their fifth meeting with the Pope at the Vatican. Starting today at Casa Santa Marta, it will end on Friday, July 4. The previous meetings were from 1 to 3 October 2013, 3 -5 December 2013, from 17 to 19 February 2014 and 28 to 30 April 2014.
In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis spoke out against Christian mediocrity. He said that when the presence of God diminishes among people, it results in the "danger of losing the sense of sin.”
He cited the example of King David who has an affair with a woman, then send her husband into battle to die. The Pope said the husband was a victim of losing the sense of sin. And that it still happens today.
"When we lose the sense of sin, when we let the Kingdom of God crumble, these are the unrecognized martyrs that come from our sins. It would be good for us to pray today, so that the Lord gives us the grace to not lose the sense of sin, so that the Kingdom of God doesn't crumble.”
The Pope added that salvation will not come from cunning, tricks or intelligence, but rather from the grace of God, and what people do with His grace in their everyday lives.
EXCERPT FROM THE POPE'S HOMILY
Source: Vatican Radio
All too often today, the Pope observes, grave sin such as adultery is declassified as simply a "problem to be solved ." That’s what happens in today’s reading in which King David falls in love with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, one of his generals. Taking up this story, Pope Francis says David took her for his own and sent her husband to the front lines of battle where the man was killed. In actual fact, the Pope stressed, David also committed murder. And yet, having committed both grave sins, the King is not moved. Despite committing a grave sin, the Pope observes, David does not feel pity and fails to ask forgiveness. He only considers how he can resolve a problem.
This can happen to any of us, the Pope says, and observes "When the Kingdom of God diminishes, one of the signs is that you lose the sense of sin."
Conversely, you also lose the "sense of the Kingdom of God" and in its place, reflects the Pope, there emerges an "all-powerful anthropological vision," that leads us to believe we "can do anything.”
The Pope confesses that even he himself can fall into the trap of losing a sense of sin. But a commitment to daily prayer, he stresses, can counter the injustices perpetrated out of human pride and stop so many from falling victim to "Christian mediocrity” and our "unrecognized sins.”