March 15, 2017: Patience is Peace

~by Susi Pittman

Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord. ~Psalms 27:14

Have you ever been “blind-sided” by either an event or person?

Have you felt the pang of ill-will or unkind words?

How did you handle it?

Did you become angry or sad?

What did you do to resolve your feelings?

There have been times when I have experienced this and I found myself floundering in the brine of confusion. But, I have come to a great and wonderful knowledge! If there is one thing I have learned, it is that PATIENCE, and that is PATIENCE UPON THE LORD, is by far the answer to handling the negativity that comes from such happenings. It is a virtue akin to fortitude and it disposes us to bear adversity and trials with serenity.

Jesus is our model in patience. Just consider His patience with the Apostles, the disciples, the ignorant multitudes, the sick, the sinners and US.

We can see that when patience is exercised, there is no room for self-love, over-sensitivity, self-will and tendencies to selfishness. Self love seeks sympathy, over-sensitivity seeks a companion to be miserable with, self-will shuts the door on the Holy Spirit and selfish tendencies serve the wrong lord. Those that embody these ills need our prayers.

Patience makes us thoughtful of others even if they have been less than charitable. And there are times, try as you may to overlook the lack of charity, you will have to shake the dust from your sandals and walk away. Turn it over to Jesus.

Patience makes us overlook annoyances and thoughtless acts because Jesus did.

What we feel, others feel and believe it or not it affects the surrounding environment. (Even our pets)

No matter the difficulty, Jesus will guide us in our “patience” to move in a more positive direction providing us with peace of spirit.

They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagle’s wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. ~ Isaiah 40:31

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Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; a member of the St. John’ s Catholic Writers Guild;
a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the National Wildlife Federation, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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