It occurs to me that the marriage of the Church to the World at the moment which many in the Church (including Pope Francis) are attempting to bring about is a marriage to the nice. If you have a baby you don't want , fine, its nice to pluck it out of its mothers womb and burn it. If you're sick. Fine take a cocktail of drugs, die and its gone..and so on. We have become our won Gods, we are nice and can do as we like. Its interesting that the first charge against Catholics and Christians who want to keep the Faith is that we are not nice. I think we should wear this as a badge of honour. My own take from the people at work is that I would be given a very hard time indeed from many of them who hate Faith in general is that they know I am not a very nice person at all. I am nice enough when left in peace but know how to stand my ground when put to it. I think this quality of not being nice is a bit like being , 'Salted' , or wise to the ways of the world. Perhaps this is what Jesus said when He commented, Luke 16:8 The Parable of the Shrewd Manager …7Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ he replied. ‘Take your bill and write eighty,’ he told him. 8The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the sons of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the sons of light. 9I tell you, use worldly wealth to make friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, they will welcome you into eternal dwellings.… I have to say the Jesus we meet in Scripture does not appear to be a very nice person at all. In fact the very opposite of it. Which is exactly why people wanted to kill Him from the word go. I lvoe this so much about our Faith. When we were adolescents I think the one thing that upset the most was the discovery that people were not honest. That the niceness of things was a pretense. I love the way the Truth of God cuts through (pardon me), the bullshit, that constantly surrounds us.