Stop Your Whining!


The more I get to know Pope Francis the more I love him! He is a man who is not afraid to pull some punches. 🙂 On a forum I belong to I came across an article from the Catholic News Agency where the Holy Father  takes us to task for whining. In the article he says,

“A Christian ‘who constantly complains, fails to be a good Christian: they become Mr. or Mrs. Whiner, no? Because they always complain about everything, right?’ the Pope remarked in his May 7 homily at St. Martha’s residence.”

Wow, talk about a prick of conscience! I hate to admit that it is so easy for me to fall into complaining and yet what do I really have to complain about? I am blessed in many ways and although I have problems and struggles I have people who love and support me. I am confident in my faith and know that no matter what happens God will see me through. So, it’s time for me to stop complaining!

What about you? Go read the complete article and let me know what you think!

Now, on top of this, this week our Holy Father compared sad Christian faces to pickled peppers! He said,

“Sometimes these melancholic Christians’ faces have more in common with pickled peppers than the joy of having a beautiful life,’ Pope Francis said May 10.

‘If we keep this joy to ourselves it will make us sick in the end, our hearts will grow old and wrinkled and our faces will no longer transmit that great joy, only nostalgia and melancholy which is not healthy,’ he added.”

I had to laugh when I read this. I don’t know about you, but I’ve come across some miserable Christians who wouldn’t know what I smile was if it smacked him or her in the mouth! Not that I should talk, of course. Our Holy Father’s words are a strong admonition for me, too!

Here’s the link for the whole article, again from Catholic News Agency.


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  1. I once heard a speaker say that too many people serving at church (like Eucharistic ministers, etc)looked like they had been baptized with pickle juice!! So when I read about the pope’s comments I had to laugh! And agree! Sometimes people, in trying to look reverent, look way too miserable. I think we need to go for the look of joy!!
    and yes, I can be a whiner too. 🙂
    Praise God for Pope Francis. He says it like it is.
    Colleen…recently posted…Light in the Darkness – A Joyful ReunionMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Yes, we need a Pope like Pope Francis who says it like it is!

      I love what that speaker says. I’ve decided now that I am going to try and make a conscious effort to smile when going up to communion!

  2. Do you think that joy can become a habit? I used to whine a lot because I was miserable and unhappy with my life. Now everything is different – so much joy even if bad stuff happens. We Christians have so much to rejoice about. And isn’t it interesting that not one saint could be called a sour apple? The Pope tells it like it is. God bless him!
    Barb Schoeneberger…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      I do believe that joy can become a habit. If we make a conscious effort to choose joy, and rely on God’s grace, it can become part of who we are – but that’s my opinion.

      You are right on two accounts: we Christians do have a lot to rejoice about and all the saints were known to be joyful!

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