From Pope Francis’ fervorino at his daily Mass:
“When the Church loses courage, the Church enters into a ‘lukewarm’ atmosphere. The lukewarm, lukewarm Christians, without courage … That hurts the Church so much, because this tepid atmosphere draws you inside, and problems arise among us; we no longer have the horizon, or courage to pray towards heaven, or the courage to proclaim the Gospel. We are lukewarm … We have the courage to get involved in our small things in our jealousies, our envy, our careerism, in selfishly going forward … In all these things, but this is not good for the Church: the Church must be courageous! We all have to be courageous in prayer, in challenging Jesus!”.
In the first part of the Divine Comedy, Dante describes what his poetic-self sees as he and Virgil pass through Fore-Hell in Canto III:
“These people have no hope of again dying,
And so deformed has their blind life become
That they must envy every other fate.
50 “The world will not allow a word about them;
Mercy and justice hold them in disdain.
Let us not discuss them. Look and pass on.”
And I, looking again, observed a banner
Which, as it circled, raced on with such speed
It did not seem ever to want to stop.
55 And there, behind it, marched so long a file
Of people, I would never have believed
That death could have undone so many souls.