Catholic: License to Annoy

The Pope told Christians it is better to be “annoying” and “a nuisance” than lukewarm in proclaiming Jesus Christ.

“If we annoy people, blessed be the Lord,” said Pope Francis during his morning Mass at the Vatican on May 16.

“We can ask the Holy Spirit to give us all this apostolic fervor and to give us the grace to be annoying when things are too quiet in the Church,” he said at the chapel of the Saint Martha residence, where he lives.

The Pope preached on today’s first reading from Acts 22 and contrasted “backseat Christians” with those who have apostolic zeal.

“There are those who are well mannered, who do everything well, but are unable to bring people to the Church through proclamation and apostolic zeal,” he stated.

The pontiff said apostolic zeal “implies an element of madness,” which he labeled as “healthy” and “spiritual.”

He added that it “can only be understood in an atmosphere of love” and that it is not an “enthusiasm for power and possession.”

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  1. So, as an ex-Protestant Pentecostal, I DO fit in? I so very much have wanted to share my joy in and love for Our Lord and for the Catholic Church, but was sure that would be "annoying". Thank you for sharing this. I will always pray to be wise in God's wisdom, and will respect my cradle Catholic brothers and sisters, but I may be just a little bit "annoying" at times. ;-) ~ Rosemary

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