“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations,
knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
“To be patient literally means to suffer and endure.
It means to wait on the Lord through all tribulations
and trials with courage and hope…Too often people
embarking on the spiritual life forget that patience is a
virtue, and that, because of man’s freedom, the effort
to cleanse one’s life from sin is tiresome and long.
Everything is expected at once, with little striving and
Too often, also, people who wish to be patient
forget that the virtue is a grace of God and a fruit of
the Spirit. They think that they can attain patience
with themselves and with others by will power alone;
by rationalizations and human considerations. Such
people never find peace for their souls.
The virtue of patience is found in the steadfast
endurance given by God. It is the power to “stay on the
cross” no matter what, doing only the will of the Lord.
Patience is united with faith, hope, love, humility and
obedience, which alone brings the strength to go on.
It must be renewed daily through fasting, prayer and
communion with God in the Church. It is found when
one trains oneself to remember God, to abide in Christ
and to see all things in the light of the Kingdom of God.
If one wishes to be patient, one must be united with
Christ and live by the power of the Spirit. According to
the spiritual teachers, there is no other way.
‘No temptation has overtaken you that is not
common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let
you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the
temptation will also provide the way of escape, that
you may be able to endure it (1 Cor 10:13).’
‘Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain
you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved (Ps
55:22; 1 Pet 5:7).’