The pope spoke in those terms during Mass in St. Martha, mourning for the Texan Tragedy
vatican insider staff
“Lukewarm Christians are those who want to build a church in their own measure, but it is not the Church of Jesus” this is what the Pope said today during Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Vatican Radio reported that the mass was attended by the volunteers of the pediatric dispensary of “Santa Marta”(st.Martha) in the Vatican, entrusted to the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, who for 90 years have been supporting children and families in need without distinction of religion or nationality.
Next to the Pope as altar boys were two children. “These Christians, the Pope said in his homily, “are not rooted in the Church, do not walk in God’s presence, they do not have the comfort of the Holy Spirit, do not build up the Church”: “They are Christians of good sense, only they distance themselves from Jesus. they are so to speak – `satellites’, who have a small taylormade church, in their own measure: using Jesus’s words in the Apocalypse they are ‘lukewarm Christians’ . This lukewarmness makes its way into the Church. They walk following only their good sense, common sense,a sort of mundane prudence ; that very mundane prudence which represents temptation”
Pope Francis mentioned many Christians who at this time “bear witness to the name of Jesus, even unto martyrdom. ” “These”, he said, “are not ‘satellite ‘ Christians , because they go with Jesus, following the path of Jesus”.
The pope concluded his homily with a prayer: “Let us pray for the Church, so that it will continue to grow, to consolidate, to walk in the fear of God and with the comfort of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord deliver us from the temptation of `common sense ‘, so to speak; from the temptation of grumbling against Jesus because he is too demanding and from the temptation of scandal. Amen”
Lastly Vatican Radio reported that pope Francis is close to the victims of the explosion that took place in the fertilizer factory in West, Texas, which resulted in dozens of injured people and at least 14 deaths.In a telegram to the Bishop of Austin, Mgr. Joe S. Vazquez, the Pope expressed his condolences to those affected by this tragedy, and begged the Lord to bring peace and solace
to those in pain, those grieving and those who are providing aid.