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By Christina M. Sorrentino, Catholic Exchange, Sept. 7, 2023

Christina M. Sorrentino resides in Staten Island, New York, and is a freelance writer, theology teacher, and author of the books Belonging to Christ and Called to Love – A Listening Heart. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Ignitum Today and has contributed to various publications including Word on Fire, Radiant Magazine, and Homiletic & Pastoral Review. …


So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 
– Rev. 3:16

The global pandemic caused by the Coronavirus has granted us an opportunity to reassess and evaluate our priorities. Is it conceivable that our Lord is leading us to make a definitive choice between aligning ourselves with Him or standing against Him? It is impossible to serve two masters; we must choose to wholeheartedly love either the Father or the world, but not both (refer to Matthew 6:24 and 1 John 2:15). Lukewarmness is a sin against God’s love, and is defined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church as the “hesitation or negligence in responding to divine love; it can imply refusal to give oneself over to the prompting of charity” (2093).

In our Catholic faith, there is no room for tepidity or ambiguity. The teachings of Catholic doctrine and morality are not mere suggestions; they demand consistent adherence and should never be taken for granted. We have a clear-cut decision to make: to fully embrace God or to reject Him entirely. We are not called to be selective in our Catholicism, picking and choosing what suits our preferences, such as when we pick items off a cafeteria menu. …

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