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Patience and Joy
By
Diane M. Houdek
Source: Bringing Home the Word
Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013

In his writings, St. Francis consistently counseled both patience and joy. On this Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete (“Rejoice”) Sunday, we might reflect on how these two things work together. Francis offers this counsel:

“We can never tell how patient or humble a person is when everything is going well with him. But when those who should cooperate with him do the exact opposite, then we can tell. A man has as much patience and humility as he has then, and no more.

“Let the brothers beware lest they show themselves outwardly gloomy and sad hypocrites; but let them show themselves joyful in the Lord, cheerful and suitably gracious” (The Admonitions of St. Francis).

Does being patient challenge you? How might Christians help restore that virtue to a world beset by busyness and accustomed to instant gratification?


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