Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/3/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Pope Francis is insisting that all Catholics serve others as Jesus serves us.

Pope Francis had corrective words for "anesthetized" Catholics, saying their "attitude is crippling apostolic zeal." The Pope delivered these remarks during his homily at the Vatican chapel and guest house where he resides.

Pope Francis had harsh words for 'anesthetized' Catholics.

Pope Francis had harsh words for 'anesthetized' Catholics.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

4/3/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, anesthetized, catholics, zeal, grace, homily

ROME, ITALY (Catholic Online) - "I think of many Christians, of many Catholics: yes, they are Catholics, but without enthusiasm, even embittered," Pope Francis told the congregants. "'Yes, life is what it is, but the Church - I go to Mass every Sunday, but better not get mixed up in things - I have faith for my health, I do not feel the need to give it to another.'. Each in his own house, the quiet life: but, you do something and then they criticize you: 'No, leave it alone, don't chance it.' This is the disease of sloth, the acedia of Christians. This attitude that is crippling the apostolic zeal, which makes Christian people stand still and at ease, but not in the good sense of the word: they do not bother to go out to proclaim the Gospel! They are anesthetized."

Pope Francis said that such Christians are "not useful" and that they lack "apostolic zeal." He referred to their attitude as "selfish" and "slothful."

Don't be an anesthetized Catholic. Join Pope Francis and Act now.

Pope Francis also criticized the sin of formalism, which is the strict adherence to procedures that comes at the cost of grace. He referred specifically to the example of Christ performing miracles on the Sabbath. "Christians, who do not leave space for the grace of God - and the Christian life, the life of these people, consists in having all the paperwork, all the certificates, in order," he explained.

"Christian hypocrites, like these, only interested in their formalities. It was a Sabbath? No, you cannot do miracles on the Sabbath, the grace of God cannot work on Sabbath days. They close the door to the grace of God. We have so many in the Church, we have many! It is another sin. The first, those who have the sin of sloth, are not able to go forward with their apostolic zeal, because they have decided to stand firm in themselves, in their sorrows, their resentments, in all of that. Such as these are not capable of bringing salvation because they close the door to salvation."

Pope Francis is looking to motivate Christians to action, first for themselves, that they may through 'Prayer' become closer to God and discern His will for their lives, and second for 'Action' that they may serve others as Christ serves them.

Pope Francis has called on all the world's Catholics to join him in a campaign of 'Prayer and Action' to end world hunger. So far, while many Catholics have responded, the response has fallen short of hopeful expectations and more effort is needed.

Recently, an independent food aid organization reported to the United Nations that it was possible to eliminate world hunger by 2025, provided individuals do more to demand improved infrastructure, food distribution, and make personal efforts to reduce waste and share bounty.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.


More Living Faith

Celebrate St. Jude's feast day this Friday! Watch

Image of Celebrate St. Jude.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

St. Jude is the patron saint of desperate causes and situations, and lost causes. His feast day is October 28, so celebrate with some great gift ideas from Catholic Online! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - St. Jude was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus and was present ... continue reading

Burial slab of Jesus Christ uncovered for first time in five centuries Watch

Image of Workers remove the marble covering to the ancient slab that once held the Body of Christ.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists have uncovered the burial slab that the body of Jesus Christ was laid on. It is the first time in nearly 500 years the slab has been seen by anyone. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Scientists in Jerusalem, working at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, ... continue reading

Fr. Pavone, Deacon Fournier speak about voting on behalf of life

Image of The next president may help decide the outcome of Roe v. Wade.


Priests for Life held a press conference to get an important message out to all Catholics and pro-life voters before the election. Priests for Life is telling all Catholics and all voters across denominations, they have a moral imperative to vote for pro-life ... continue reading

All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day: A Celebration Watch

Image of All Saints' Day is Nov. 1 and All Souls' Day.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

All Saints' Day is a holy day of obligation celebrated every Nov. 1. It is dedicated to the recognized saints of the Church and all those who have made it into heaven. Anyone who makes it into heaven is a saint, even if the Church does not yet recognize their ... continue reading

Pray these 3 ancient prayers for a divine encounter with Christ Watch

Image of Take a moment to pray one of these three ancient prayers to encounter God.


The Bible is full of beautiful prayers we still use today - but what three stand out above the rest and why? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis once said: "Our prayer cannot be reduced to an hour on Sundays. It is important to have a daily relationship ... continue reading

'Love, not doctrine holds us together' - Blood red cathedrals honor the dead Watch

Image of Christian persecution has nearly wiped out all the faithful in the Middle East.


Brentwood Cathedral has joined the ranks of churches pledging to floodlight themselves in red during November to help raise awareness. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The <a ... continue reading

'Clothe the naked' - Pope Francis calls us to love Watch

Image of Love the loveless - as Christ has called us to.

By Hannah Brockhaus (CNA/EWTN News)

When we perform the corporal works of mercy - specifically welcoming the stranger in the form migrants and refugees - we are welcoming Christ in them, and helping to restore their full dignity as humans, Pope Francis said Wednesday. Vatican City, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) ... continue reading

All Saints' Day, Halloween and All Souls' Day: What's the difference? Watch

Image of Halloween, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day (CovenofMercury/Photobucket).


Everyone knows how to celebrate Halloween -with costumes, candy and horror movies, right? Well, that isn't wrong but it isn't the entire story either. What about All Saints' Day or All Souls' Day?  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Let's start with Halloween. We ... continue reading

On Behalf of the Holy See Watch

Image of

By Dr. Harold Warren, MD

EDITOR'S NOTE: We were sent this interesting commentary from Dr. Harold Warren, MD, and have decided to publish it for your consideration. We certainly agree that it is time for all people to come together and work for peace. On Behalf of the Holy SeeThroughout history ... continue reading

'Practice and teach this prayer' - Pope Francis explains 'good news cannot be given with a sad face' Watch

Image of Pope Francis calls us to pray.

By Hannah Brockhaus (CNA/EWTN News)

Bringing all people the lasting joy of the Church should be the focus of their service, Pope Francis told representatives of the Jesuits on Monday, as he urged them to shun pursuit of worldly leadership and position. Rome, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - "The service of good ... continue reading

All Living Faith News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 6:10-20
10 Finally, grow strong in the Lord, with the strength of his ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 144:1, 2, 9-10
1 [Of David] Blessed be Yahweh, my rock, who trains my hands for war and ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 13:31-35
31 Just at this time some Pharisees came up. 'Go away,' they said. 'Leave ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 27th, 2016 Image

St. Frumentius
October 27: Called "Abuna" or "the fa¬≠ther' of Ethiopia, ... Read More