“You have prayed for patience, and I have multiplied the opportunities in which you could be patient.” God, speaking to St. Philip Neri ...Herein lie the opportunities the Lord is providing me to exercise this beautiful fruit of the Holy Spirit - Patience.
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So, from the beginning of time, God has had a plan for me, for you, for all of us. It says so in the book of Jeremiah ... "for I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for a future full of hope." That's the part we all know ... always a future of hope, great plans for us. There's another part, it not only promises hope, goodness, and joy - but also suffering and that God will see us through it. Now, I feel like I haven't really had a lot of suffering in my life ... I've never encountered a huge loss, my parents are both still alive and well, and I'm healthy. Although I think being single in our world is a huge suffering! There's so many opportunities to be discouraged, fall into despair, and/or just plain settle for less than we really want.
I fell much discouragement in this regard ... offering it up tonight for that man out there, whoever these plans include!
I receive the weekly notes from the Catholic Match Institute since my unsuccessful dabble in Online
Dating some time ago (link) and today's included the face of one of my favorite priests. A man who helped me become the Catholic woman, for better or worse, that I am today. He is doing a series of five videos for CM through Advent. The first two are below ... I encourage you to watch them and stay tuned for the next three! Fr. Ananias, OSB - what an Advent treat!
I think this question to myself a lot. I've been trying to grow in this area of virtue, but it's really difficult - as you can probably guess since the name of this blog is about patience! It doesn't take a genius to figure out that I have some trouble with this area of my Spiritual Life.
Throughout my short life I've had the blessing of avoiding major tragedies, extreme suffering, and many heart aches that my peers have experienced. I feel truly blessed that this is the case - and yet, why can't I get it through my head that being blessed is enough?
So often I forget, like at lunch today with two amazing ladies. They are wonderful women, but some of the things they struggle with are the same that I struggle with - being patient with people at work, trying to have their personal lives on track, working on their own weight issues. I only get frustrated with patience in these areas because I see these beautiful women who, in my mind, have everything put together…
Oh, so chivalrous!
Chivalry should not become a lost art and we, as women, ought to step up to the plate a bit more and encourage men to treat us as women, thereby respecting them as men. Do you have tips, ideas, or stories to encourage men to be... men?! Open doors for us, initiate dates, honor us as women, etc? Let's chat! (Thanks to Sarah Thérèse!)
My thoughts on this topic are varied and a little confusing even for me, but I will try to articulate it without sounding like I am complaining, which I am not.
I think chivalry is a lot about how it makes men and women feel, perception, and realizing we are all connected in this crazy world instead of living for ourselves. I also think chivalry is not just about men doing things for women, but human beings taking care of human beings. All that being said, here's a story to bed illustrate my thoughts.
About a month ago my friend who was recently ordained a priest drove down from wh…