The surreality of covering Church news these days is occasionally hilarious.
Rome Reports is running a short piece today under the headline, “Pope Francis Explains How to Put Up With Annoying People“.
I am not making this up:
This week he spoke of one work of mercy that was of much interest: patiently enduring annoying people.
“Immediately we think: How long will I have to endure the laments, gossip, petitions or arrogance of this person?”
He recalled God’s patience with the Israelites in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, he remembered the pressure Christ received from the mother of two of his own disciples.
“She said to him, ‘Make my two sons sit one on your right and one on your left in your Kingdom.The mother was lobbying for her children.”
The pope said that when it comes to putting up with annoying people, one must remember how many times others have endured their own annoying habits.
He also said this work of mercy offers the opportunity to correct those who are wrong and teach those who mess up or are not aware.
The irony. The absurdity. It’s amazing.
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