"Passion does not always mean zeal."
- a paraphrasing of St. Louis Marie de Monfort
Indeed! What appears as passion may actually be compulsion or addiction, meaning it is pathological and most likely coming from somewhere less pure. Bo Sanchez says that the one telling symptom of worldly passion is hurrying, the kind that's irrational and inordinate. This broken passion leads to stress. Zeal means pure passion for the good things, for God. Being zealous means knowing how to wait, is detached, and knows how to take it easy. In the words John Keating, it means "strength under control." Zeal may even be wrapped in meekness, which to the undiscerning, is often mistaken for misplaced docility or misplaced shyness, both of which are a form of false humility.