Death prods the weak of faith.
Of course, fraternal correction cannot be done in a belligerent or self righteous manner. The spiritual companion must be willing to listen first and then, after seeking God's wisdom, speak in a calm yet firm manner the advice that might help someone turn back from the precipice or whatever soul destroying behaviour in which they are engaging.
Who are the spiritually dead?
Another name for the spiritually dead: universalist [click HERE for definition].
Is it any wonder that people ensnared by some form of spiritual narcissism tend to declare, without proof such as a testimony to the holiness of an individual and a miracle confirming a claim of heavenly residency, who resides in heaven? They, said saint-makers, are popes of their own domains. They accord no respect for the beliefs of others yet demand absolute acceptance of their own, pontificating from a throne constructed of tragically misguided self indulgent theories about life after death. In reality, they have neither joy nor hope because their faith is only in themselves. They are too proud to admit dependence on Jesus Christ and His revealed teaching. They cannot be like children in the eyes of God because they are so preoccupied with an addiction to self gratification. If only they could realize that true satisfaction to be found in this life depends on surrender to the Holy Spirit Who, given by Jesus, rescues us from the tyranny and trap of a life manipulated by a fear of loss of personal control. If the same spiritually dead have children, their children will understand that they are a distant second place in the lives of their parents.
A God-first life helps one live for others. God gives us the grace and confidence to sacrifice our selfish needs so that we can first serve others. By contrast, there is little room for "second class citizens" in a hierarchy constructed solely to serve the man or women who stands at the pinnacle of the temple of 'me'.
Sadly, when one of the adults in a family finds out that he or she has been relegated to second class status in a relationship where his or her spouse puts him/herself before all else, the result can and usually does result in the breakdown of the relationship and ultimately the family. If neither adult/parent turns to God for the grace of healing, and the grace to live a life of self-sacrificing love, one can almost be certain that the family will not survive the selfishness of one or both parents. And then, sadly, the children may become frozen in a trend that causes them to look for love in all the wrong places. Their quest for love, however, need not be for them a cause of despair. They can be aware of their need and allow themselves to be touched by the grace of God rather than succumb to their baser instincts. They need caring people to intercept them and offer them an alternative reading of their lives to help them be open to grace and to be open to a change of direction for the better.
Should we not risk leaving our comfort zone to propose to others the joy and peace of the Gospel? Sometimes all it takes to restore in a person a sense of self worth is a simple acknowledgement of their presence. Take a moment to acknowledge someone; be willing to chat with him or her. Don't be afraid to smile and/or nod at someone and let them know you see them. Bless the stranger; bless the friend. Bless the cantankerous malcontent or rude queue-jumper. If they are sunburned by the joy of the Holy Spirit radiating through you, so be it.
If your world is a flat screen display, typically that of a smart phone that you cannot put down for a day, then perhaps you are in desperate need of the grace to help you get a life.