Have you experienced this? You’re out in public, someone finds out that you are Catholic, and you immediately get asked about Pope Francis.

I think most of us have found ourselves in this situation. I encountered it last week at a conference and spoke with several folks about this situation after a talk I gave on Pope Francis.

So, what do we do about it?

Here are 4 steps on how to use Pope Francis to share the Catholic faith:

Step 1 – Don’t Get Annoyed.

Some people’s immediate reaction is to be annoyed by the situation. They are frustrated with Pope Francis because they wish he were clearer in his teaching. Or, they are afraid of what he might say next. Or, they are mad because their family member, friend, co-worker, or fellow parishioner uses their understanding of Pope Francis to show them that they are wrong about the Catholic faith.

All this is understandable. All of this can be frustrating. But, no matter what your feelings are, you have to realize that this is a fantastic opportunity to share the Catholic faith. Prior to Pope Francis, not many people wanted to talk freely and willingly about Catholicism. Don’t miss these opportunities!