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Presence of God – O Jesus, meek and divinely patient, teach me the secret of true patience.


Patience is the virtue which makes us accept for love of God, generously and peacefully, everything that is displeasing to our nature, without allowing ourselves to be depressed by the sadness which easily comes over us when we meet with disagreeable things.

Patience is a special aspect of the virtue of fortitude which prevents our deviating from the right road when we encounter obstacles. It is an illusion to believe in a life without difficulties. These are usually all the greater and the more frequent as our undertakings are more generous. Great works, magnanimous and heroic virtues, always grow in the midst of difficulties. In the presence of these, fortitude has a double function: to face them and to bear them. Many difficulties are surmounted and overcome by an act of courage; others, on the contrary, cannot be mastered. We must learn to bear with them, and this is the role of patience—an arduous task, because it is easier to face obstacles directly, than to support the inevitable oppositions and sufferings of life, which, in time, tend to discourage and sadden us.

WaitingPatienceCarlMuckeWartenAufDenLiebsten - for "Patience" postOnly by fixing our glance on Jesus, the divinely patient One, can we learn to practice patience. When we see Him who came into the world to save us, living from the first moment of His earthly existence in want, privation, and poverty, and later in the midst of misunderstanding and persecution; when we see Him become the object of the hatred of His own fellow citizens, calumniated, doomed to death, betrayed by a friend, and tried and condemned as a malefactor, our souls are stirred: we realize that we cannot be His disciples unless we follow the same road. If Jesus, the Innocent One par excellence, bore so much for love of us, can we, sinners who are deserving to suffer, not endure something for love of Him? Whatever the total of suffering in our lives, it will always be very small, and even nothing, compared with the infinite sufferings of Jesus; for in His Passion Christ not only endured the suffering of one life or of several human lives, but that of all mankind.


O Jesus, for love of You and with Your help, I wish to suffer in peace all the contradictions of my life. “Your thoughts are not our thoughts, Your ways are not our ways. You offer us a cup so bitter that our feeble nature cannot bear it. But I do not want to draw back my lips from the cup prepared by Your hand. You have taught me the secret of suffering in peace. Peace does not mean joy, at least not sensible joy; to suffer in peace, all I have to do is to will all that You will.

“To be Your spouse, I must be like You; and You are all covered with blood and crowned with thorns. You wish to make me like You; then, should I fear that I cannot carry the Cross without weakening? On the way to Calvary, You fell three times; and I, a poor little child, do I not wish to be like You? Should I not wish to fall a hundred times to prove to You my love, rising up again with more strength than before my fall?

“It is very consoling for me to remember that You, the God of might, knew our weaknesses, that You shuddered at the sight of the bitter cup which earlier You had so ardently desired to drink.

“O Jesus, what it costs to give You what You ask! But what happiness that it does cost! Far from complaining to You of the crosses You send me, I cannot fathom the infinite love which has moved You to treat me so. O Lord, do not let me waste the trial You send me, it is a gold mine I must exploit. I, a little grain of sand, want to set myself to the task, without joy, without courage, without strength, and all these conditions will make the enterprise easier; I want to work for love.

“In spite of this trial which robs me of all sense of enjoyment, I can still say: ‘You have given me, O Lord, a delight in Your doings.’ For is there any greater joy than to suffer for Your love, O my God? The more intense and the more hidden the suffering, the more do You value it. And even if, by an impossibility, You should not be aware of my affliction, I should still be happy to bear it, in the hope that by my tears I might prevent or atone for one sin against faith” (Thérèse of the Child Jesus Letters 63,51,184,59; Story of a Soul 9).


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Art:  Warten auf den Liebsten (Waiting for Loved Ones), Carl Mücke, by 1923, PD-US author’s life plus 70 years or less, Wikimedia Commons. Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, mirror from open source material.

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  • roberdine

    “for in His Passion Christ not only endured the suffering of one life or of several human lives, but that of all mankind.

    What does this mean?

    • LizEst

      As God, Christ could not sin. But, He took the sin and the effects of sin (the suffering that comes from sin directly or indirectly) upon himself when He accepted the Father’s will and allowed Himself to suffer, to be crucified and to die for us.

      There is a wonderful excerpt from a homily by St Leo the Great, which touches on this, in the second reading of the Liturgy of the Hours today: “God’s compassion for us is all the more wonderful because Christ died, not for the righteous or the holy but for the wicked and the sinful, and though the divine nature could not be touched by the sting of death. he took to himself, through his birth as one of us, something he could offer on our behalf. The power of his death once confronted our death. In the words of Hosea the prophet: ‘Death, I shall be your death; grave, I shall swallow you up.’ By dying he submitted to the laws of the underworld; by rising again he destroyed them. He did away with the everlasting character of death so as to make death a thing of time not of eternity. As all die in Adam, so all will be brought to life in Christ.”

      Hope this helps a little. God bless you roberdine.

      • Philip George Regan

        I recall recently asking a Bishop how he would surmise Christianity – his reply was “Jesus did it all on the Cross”. And he did ! He bore our sins and we received his Righteousness . His one time perfect sacrifice as the High Priest – offering himself as the sinless sacrifce – destroyed the power of Sin ,Death and defeated Satan . What an amazing gift – how great is Our Lord !

  • LT

    “You have taught me the secret of suffering in peace. Peace does not mean joy, at least not sensible joy; to suffer in peace, all I have to do is to will all that You will.”

    I’m struggle with this. I strive to reach this peace but if I succeed will I “feel” it? If I felt it, wouldn’t that mean it’s something sensible and not something spiritual, which is what this peace really is? If I cannot feel it “sensibly”, how will I know I have it? Can we perceive anything in this life other than on a sensible level? When I study this, and especially John of the Cross, it is as if there is me and this other separate being, my soul, with goings on that I cannot know about.

    Any advice?

    • LizEst

      There is a peace which passes all understanding. This is the peace that Christ gives. And, it is the peace that comes from doing God’s will and accepting God’s will. Sometimes it is felt and sometimes it is not felt. On the intellectual level, it is the peace in knowing that one is doing God’s will and accepting God’s will for us, even when it does not seem like anything pleasant, even though it seems that God has abandoned us. From time to time, God may grant that we know the peace and the joy of this, but this does not necessarily happen often, if at all. That’s because God wants us to love Him and His will apart from any consolations, to love Him for the sake of Himself alone.

      Hope this helps a little, LT…and God bless you!

      • LT

        Thanks LizEst. That helps a little. I think I am loving him that way, but sometimes I just don’t know. I do know I want to. Maybe I need to get my eyes off myself on on him more and trust him to take care of things.

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