"To the church in Anytown, USA, write..."

I'm in South Bend, IN, at the Catholic Worker here. This is also where they have the offices for the Catholic Peace Fellowship, an organization to inform and assist conscientious objectors.

This morning I read these words in Revelation, and think they are appropriate for most churches in this country:

"I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.

"For you say, 'I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing'; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

"Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may be rich, and white garments [of suffering] to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.

"Those whom I love, I reprove and chasten; so be zealous and repent." (Rev 3.15-19)