Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:3
As we start this reflection, let us pray: “My dearest Jesus, teach me to be patient and to keep trusting Your will when suffering and difficult times come my way-Amen.” Patience is a virtue that is necessary in so many situations, it is also an important antidote to anger. St. Augustine of Hippo says, “Patience is a companion of wisdom.” Our faith recognizes patience as the corresponding virtue to fight the vice called anger, which is one of the seven deadly sins. By anger in this context we’re not saying that you should never feel displeasure when mistreated nor try to defend yourself or loved ones from injustice. It’s what you do with your anger that matters. Does it cause you to relish harsh judgments? Do you nurse grudges, or can you, with God’s help and grace, let them go? Hear Thomas Kempis: “All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it.”
A onetime U S President, John F. Kennedy, once said: “Life is unfair.” Even our Lord Jesus was unjustly executed for a crime He did not commit, preaching a ministry of Love only to be spat on, scourged, and crucified! And yet He endured His misery on the cross for our redemption. Thus, we are counseled to show patience, so that we might better bear with equanimity both the good and bad things that happen to us.
We also have to have patience with our own flaws and foibles as well. As St. Francis de Sales once wrote: “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them; everyday begin the tasks anew.” This isn’t easy, of course. Jesus never promised that our earthly pilgrimage would be trouble free; but if we turn to Him constantly in prayer and sincerely seek His will, He’ll help see us through our rough patches with His grace.
However, if you’re always impatient with others, and let anger and resentment fester, you might wind up with more heartache (and heartburn as well, perhaps) than you would have otherwise, in any case. We hope these reflections on patience can help you keep calm as you offer up your problems to the Lord especially as a user of DSD.
MASS: VIOLET Gen 17:3-9; Ps 105:4-5.6-7.8-9; (R. 8a); Accl. Ps 95:7d-8a; Jn 8:51-59
- Spirit of the Living God, correct my thinking. Help me to be strong and courageous in my thought-life. Let fear and doubt be far from me. Instead fuel my thoughts with faith; in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Thank You Jesus, that the pain we must endure is but for a season, and will give way to joy that is unspeakable and full of glory, knowing that we have been promised an eternal rest, when all tears will be wiped from our eyes.
- Holy Father remember all users of DSD going through great difficulties and challenges of life. In Your love and compassion, listen to their plea for justice and cry for help.
Exercise: Take the prayer of St. Padre Pio meditatively. (Twice today)
Meditation: 2 Timothy. 2:3