(quote) Chelsea-743484 said: Are you suggesting that it is a sin to enact a spiritual work of mercy, namely to counsel the doubtful? and besides that...How can one be too focused on the Trinity (which is a teaching of Christ)?
Chelsea, I am not suggesting that it is a sin to counsel. But rather, for us to look closely at how we counselsor treat others as we spread God's words.
Oftentimes, when we knows we are right, we focus on being right, instead of being loving.
Like someone responded that she would rather her child/ren associate with Catholics only, with minimum contact with non-believers (Jews, Buddhist, Protestants, Muslims, etc.). I am very concerned with that. That statement teacher division. Is that the loving way to teach your child?
When that child grows up, that's what he'll practice - they are non-believers, I most not associate with them. They are sinners, I am good, the chosen one, I must keep away from them, lest I will be stained.
Just imagine how that child will grow then he goes out and realize the lies that were taught. Because certainly, while others may have not known the Catholic faith, most people practice the most important teaching Jesus Christ Himself taught us - And this it the new commandment - love your neighbours as I have loved You. Jesus Christ did not even say "as you love yourself" but as He has loved us!
Now, is it loving to teach division? Example, to not allow non-Catholic (or someone who committed suicide) a burial in a Catholic Cemetery? What if the place has no other cemetery except the one for Catholics (like in my village)? Note that the family is already grieving from the loss; now they have to suffer for the consequences of their deceased loved ones. Is it love? If Jesus Christ is still with us today, I am sure he'd say, let them bury it here.
There are other stories I could share, but my point is, when someone is not as mature as your faith or has not known the Truth yet, please try to see how you relate to that person. Treat them with compassion and love. Sometimes, you feel that what you are doing is loving, but note that I wouldn't have raised my feelings if I didnt notice some comments that are really saddening.
Let me end it with a note from the news today:
At a vigil on Saturday evening, (POpe) Francis said Catholics must
become courageous and seek out the people who need help the most rather than
sitting around, dissecting theology.