Be courageous for God, pope says in homily

People are courageous in pursuing their careers, personal ambitions and jealousies, but they really should be using that courage to believe in the resurrected Christ, pray to him and spread the Gospel, Pope Francis said.

When the Church loses courage, it is enveloped by a “tepid atmosphere,” with “lukewarm Christians without courage.

This hurts the Church so much,” he said in his daily morning Mass homily May 3.

In his homily, the pope said a lack of courage causes the Church harm “because tepidness draws you inside, and problems arise among us; we have no horizons, we have no courage, neither the courage to pray toward heaven nor the courage to proclaim the Gospel. We are lukewarm.”