Jesus reminds us of the spiritual principle:
"With what judgment we 'judge' others we are judged ourselves."
It is not a superficial thing.
The ancient Romans' blood lust had to be fed 'daily'. Augustine lamented that his friend had succumbed.
We are being suctioned by the vacuum cleaner of this evil today. Romans roamed from site to site to watch poor, unwary souls in courts of law being castigated. It was the 'soap operas' of its time...the superstar 'reality series.' It is no different today.
Honor(?) killings abound throughout our world. The more we sin and stray from 'The Cross' and its redemption the greater the sin of projecting our sins on others. Its deviant process devolves into the vampire morass of false judgment, bearing false witness, scapegoating and bullying, self-righteous plundering of the souls of others, cruelty and blood lust.
More and more we see this spiritual ignorance and cruelty on TV as human beings are tried on TV, condemned without mercy and often bullied to the point of madness. It is troubling because it leaves each one of us unprotected without justice and due process. It also makes all who participate in such a travesty real murderers.
Into the late 19th century in Great Britain people turned out in droves for public hangings. Even a well-known 'intellectual' and philosopher lambasted those trying to end such barbaric debacles. The French revolutionaries revelled in their public executions.
It is barbarity at its worst. It means that society members refuse to acknowledge their sins, confess them, and repent of them. Far from repenting of their sins the people involved in such promote such practices--rabidly.
Jesus said in the last days mankind would descend once again into the same sins as those of the ancients.
The one thing marking Christians is 'love and mercy' because we understand we need it. Standing at the Foot of the Cross, seen as we really are by Christ down to the last crumb, receiving His forgiveness and mercy we can go out knowing that we can forgive and love even our enemies because of this great gift.
Now for the 'rest of the story':
Our Pope knows it. The same day a deranged man in London ratcheted to the point of 'blood lust' beheads a soldier is the feast day of St. Rita. A wife and mother who knew about 'revenge' the foundation of the lust for the blood of 'another'--the mark of Cain.
Our Pope knows from where the only Blood that washes clean from torment comes...the ONLY answer to the barbarity of man.
Good Italian grandson that he is, Papa Bergoglio closed out his morning homily with an unusually keen plug for today's patroness....
"The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.As veterans 'round these parts know, that's a scribe-whistle if ever there were one – after all, the national shrine to the mother-peacemaker turned Augustinian mystic is right here at home.
"Today is [the feast of] Santa Rita, Patron Saint of impossible things – but this seems impossible: let us ask of her this grace, this grace that all, all, all people would do good and that we would encounter one another in this work, which is a work of creation, like the creation of the Father. A work of the family, because we are all children of God, all of us, all of us! And God loves us, all of us! May Santa Rita grant us this grace, which seems almost impossible. Amen."
[...]Much as Francis' tribute is a special thing for everyone who's kept up Rita's cult through the years, that it's remained the case here is a reminder of this town's particular debt to the venerable Fr Michael DiGregorio, who rebuilt the shrine with such great dedication and care before his election as vicar-general of the Augustinian Curia in Rome. To him, the whole family of the friars, and everyone celebrating today – a group which, so it seems, now includes the Pope – tanti auguri per una buona festa.