By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Being Christian often brings about persecution — anything from attacks against one’s reputation to martyrdom, Pope Francis said.
Jesus invites his disciples not to be scandalized that giving witness often leads to persecution, he said May 2 during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Such persecution ranges "from the little persecution of gossip" and criticism to the more serious kind that leads to imprisonment or even death, he said according to Vatican Radio.
Persecution "is the price of Christian testimony," the pope said.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, a Christian gives witness to "the living Lord, the risen Lord, the Lord among us," especially "each time we come to the altar," he said.
Christians also give witness to God’s presence "in their daily lives, in the way they act."
"But many times this testimony provokes attacks, provokes persecution," he said.
The pope asked that people pray for the Holy Spirit’s help in not straying far from Jesus and in remembering what Jesus said and did so they live out those teachings in their everyday lives.
He asked that sin, "worldliness, easy things, things that come straight from the father of lies," that is, the devil, "do not turn me away from giving witness."
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