For many Catholics in America today the cross of Our Lord has been gutted of meaning, and along with it the call to sanctity/holiness. 

How often we hear Christian guides of various persuasions say “nobody is perfect” and then go off and be ‘lukewarm,’ or worse—thinking God is full of mercy and everything will be fine.

Imagine if an airline had a string of crashes and the CEO called a press conference to say: “no one is perfect;” or a hospital with a string of botched operations causing patient’s unnecessary deaths called a press conference to say “no one is perfect;” or a restaurant that caused guests to die because of food poisoning said “no one is perfect.” People would rightly respond: “That’s not good enough!” And yet Catholic leaders say it all the time from the pulpit and in classrooms, while failing to inspire struggle, goodness and holiness in themselves and their flock—as co-redeemers with Christ.