“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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Merry Christmas to All!
A few memories from the beginning of the week!
Midnight Mass last evening! It was very eventful - first the book of the Gospels fell off the Altar then the Fire Alarm went off from the Incense! A beautiful Mass! I even got to see Deacon Bill, Fr. Eric, & Fr. Thomas More afterward - three fine men of the clergy!
A beautiful visit with my Great Aunt Hy last night as well. Nate and I went to visit her and she was so awake, willing to talk, and interested in us! It was a beautiful Christmas gift. I will really miss this woman when the time comes. She once told me that she was only going to be 97 years old, and in October she turned 96.
Now we're just waiting for these crazy kids so we can visit!
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…
In general I appreciate when people like me, as I think most people do. For me, it's really hard when people dislike me, even if I don't have to be around them all of the time. I get anxious thinking about the next time we will be in the same location and if I'll be able to just kindly avoid them or if there will be an awkward confrontation. There's a line in scripture about how blessed we are when others despised us because they hated Him first. Him, being Jesus, of course.
But is that always the case? Am I applying a section of scripture to a situation to which it has no relationship? Am I using a passage of scripture to make myself feel better about the actions that I'm going to take, to justify it to myself and others? Am I manipulating the Lord's words to promote my own agenda in the name of the Lord?
I wonder this regarding many things. Passages like "The Lord will fulfill His promises" in relationship to my relationship status. Did He promise t…