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The Pope Speaks on PATIENCE

(TAKEN FROM THE HOLY FATHER’S CATECHESIS ON VICES AND VIRTUES AT THE WEDNESDAY GENERAL AUDIENCE, STARTING IN DECEMBER, 2023. TODAY’S REFLECTION IS FROM WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK.)

In our continuing catechesis on the virtues, we now turn to patience, which has its supreme model in the example of Jesus during his Passion. The patience of Jesus did not consist in a stoic endurance of suffering, but was the fruit of his love. Saint Paul also associates patience with the love of God, who is “slow to anger” and quick to repay evil with good. Indeed, Christian patience and forbearance is the most convincing witness to Christ’s love…

Let us remember that patience is not only a need, it is a calling. If Christ is patient, then Christians are called to be patient. And this demands that we go against the tide with respect to today’s widespread mentality, dominated by rushing and by [wanting] “everything straight away”, in which, rather than waiting for situations to mature, people are put under pressure, in the expectation that they will change immediately. Let us not forget that rushing and impatience are enemies of spiritual life. Why? God is love, and those who love do not tire…God is patient, God knows how to wait. Think about the account of the merciful Father, who awaits his son who has left home. He suffers patiently, impatient only to embrace him as soon as he sees him return (cf. Lk 15:21).

Let us ask the grace of the Holy Spirit to imitate Christ in his patience and compassionate love, which forgives all wrongs and shows mercy even to his enemies.