The Church is planted by God on earth to be the salt of the earth, not to be sealed perfectly safe and pure in a salt shaker. We are to be a light to the world, not a light to ourselves, hidden under a bushel basket.
“By enclosing itself in its particularities and in its own inner life, the Church betrays its basic mission, which is to be ‘as a light and a testimony to the infinite love of God for the world.’ ‘ We should never forget that in front of us there is an immense world, a world that does not know the secret that is in it, a world whose heart sighs without knowing for what, but which, fundamentally, seeks God. A world that would want to know Him, love Him, live in Him.
We Christians have an immense responsibility toward that world. It seems to me, that if we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we can no longer remain in ourselves cozily, holed up in our beautiful, great, and luminous Eucharistic communities. For, where it can, the Church must bring to the poor, the impoverished, the down-and-out, what it has received, namely the word and the love of God.’” (Boris Bobrinskoy, The Compassion of the Father, pp 42-43)
The Church exists for the world – to bring it to salvation, to transform and transfigure lives. We exist for the sake of sinners – not to accuse them, but to invite them into God’s Kingdom.