Pope Francis (and Benedict for that matter) have said the same things. It's of course our Christ-like actions that will show the world who and what we are. What you observe on this board from some Catholics, myself included, is a reaction to criticism. Many time I will repond with sarcasm and ridicule, and for that I'm sorry. While I will make an effort to be kinder and gentler, I'm not sure I can bring myself to completely disregard objections to our faith that are mistaken or unfounded.Lets try to use some empathy.Lets say you were not born into a Catholic family.You believe in God, you love Christ, you study the Bible and you do your best to live as a Christian.You have an experience that for you is sacred- a born again experience.
Now someone comes along and says, you will not go to heaven unless you receive this- the Eucharist.But you cant receive the Eucharist until you disregard what you felt was a personal sacred experience with Christ, join our "True Church" and obey our Magisterium and Pope and consider Him the Vicar of Christ.
Your preachers cannot give this Eucharist that will get you to heaven. It has to be our priest and our church because Jesus said so.
How effective do you think that is going to be cause that is what I hear here all the time?
Today we celebrate the Feast of Saint John Chrysostom.
“Since it is likely that, being men, they would sin every day, St. Paul consoles his hearers by saying ‘renew yourselves’ from day to day. This is what we do with houses: we keep constantly repairing them as they wear old. You should do the same thing to yourself. Have you sinned today? Have you made your soul old? Do not despair, do not despond, but renew your soul by repentance, and tears, and Confession, and by doing good things. And never cease doing this.”