Living in the Two Hearts

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12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit…Patience

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 9, 2012

Endure all things with great patience…

So far this week I’ve written about…

(1) Charity – Cause us to perform our actions out of love for God

Compliments Wisdom and Piety

“The virtue which inclines us to love God above all things for His own sake, AND our neighbor for the sake of God. In the Old Testament the word charity occurs three times, the same Hebrew word being elsewhere translated LOVE (Prov. 10:12; Song. 2:4; 8:7).” ~Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Bible, Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-ROM, emphasis added

CHARITY = LOVE (Agape = Love of God, not to be confused with Eros = love of man)…

Read more about Charity…


(2) Joy – Keeps us happily aware of God’s infinite goodness


 “God is Love” (cf. 1John 4: 8, 16), and love is His first gift, containing all others. “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us,” (Romans 5:5).  ~CCC§733

And as one can read, Joy is a RESULT of CHARITY which is LOVE…

Read more about JOY…

(3) Peace – Results from joy and renders us tranquil

Also a companion to Piety and Understanding

“Harmony between God and man and between men among themselves. The fall of our first parents disturbed this harmony. Sin constituted man an enemy of God (Rom. 5:10) and there was need of a reconciliation.”

“It was the promised Messiah… marked out to bring this reconciliation and restore peace to man. Our Lord and Savior brought peace of soul to all men who would receive Him (Luke 2:14; John 14:27).” ~ Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Bible, Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-ROM.

Read more about PEACE…


(4) Patience – Resigns us to endure the disagreeable circumstance of life and the suffering of deaths

Companion to: Knowledge

“The patience of Job is proverbial (Job 2:9; 7:2). The patient man quiets strife created by passion (Prov. 15:18); he is to be esteemed above the valiant (Prov. 16:32). The Christian must be patient with those who afflict him (Matt. 5:38-40), rejoicing in tribulations as a trial of virtue (Rom. 5:3). Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit listed by Paul (Gal. 5:22).” Encyclopedic Dictionary, Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-ROM, emphasis added

Patience is also a virtue…

The virtue of calmly enduring mental or physical anguish, not because of pride or worldly ambition, but out of [LOVE] of God and in union with Christ, our supreme model in the practice of this virtue. Ibid, emphasis added

And it is a work of mercy…

… by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. ~CCC§2447, (in part), emphasis added

When we think of the examples of Patience, God’s Patience seems almost infinite…

Our Father “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth,” (1 Tim 2:3-4).  He “is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish,” (2 Pet 3:9; cf. Mt 18:14).  His commandment is “that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another,” (Jn 13:34; cf. 1 Jn 3:4; Lk 10:25-37). This commandment summarizes all the others and expresses His entire Will. ~CCC§2822

Yet, be not mistaken, God’s JUSTICE goes hand in hand with His GOODNESS and FAITHFULNESS…

I AM with you, says the LORD, to deliver you. I will make an end of all the nations among  which I have scattered you; but of you I will not make an end.

I will chastise you as you deserve, I will not let you go unpunished.  For thus says the LORD: Incurable is your wound, grievous your bruise; … Why cry out over your wound? … your pain is without relief. Because of your great guilt, your numerous sins

Yet all who devour you shall be devoured, all your enemies shall go into exile. All who plunder you shall be plundered, all who pillage you I will hand over to pillage.  For I will restore you to health; of your wounds I will heal you, says the LORD. ~ Jer 30:11-12,15,16, 17(NAB), emphasis added


Therefore you have no excuse, O man, whoever you are, when you judge another; for in passing judgment upon him you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.

We know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who do such things. Do you suppose, O man, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God?  

Or do you presume upon the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience?  Do you not know that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?  But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed … For God shows no partiality. ~Romans 2: 1-5, 11, emphasis added


My children, endure with patience the wrath that has come upon you from God. Your enemy has overtaken you, but you will soon see their destruction and will tread upon their necks. My tender sons have traveled rough roads; they were taken away like a flock carried off by the enemy. ~Baruch 4: 25-26, emphasis added


I give you again the words of St. Paul…

LISTEN and DO as it is commanded…

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, AND PATIENCE, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive (cf. Mt 6:12). And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.
~Col 3: 12-15,
emphasis added

Or as St. Teresa of Avila put it…

“Let nothing trouble you… Let nothing frighten you…
All is fleeting… God alone is unchanging…
Patience obtains all things

The one who possesses God – in mind, body, and soul – lacks nothing.

Recommended Reading:

Soon Arrival of Pentecost
7 GIFTS of the Holy Spirit

Removing the Restrainer

Lesson in Sacred Scripture
Part I
Part II
Part III

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