“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.”
It’s never good to hear that from the lips of God. But as St. Augustine found out, every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. A whitewashed tomb today might not be so a year from now. In fact, he/she may not be a tomb at all but a living icon of St. Augustine and every sinner who has walked the road of redemption.