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Sunday, March 11, 2012
Why the Carrying of the Cross Inspires the Virtue of Patience
How often do you lose control of yourself because of life’s challenges?
You know you should be patient with situations and with others but sometimes you just can’t take it. While it may seem that you have a justifiable reason to lose your patience, in God’s eyes, remaining patient is a virtue everyone should practice. Remaining patient keeps you at peace.
After being scourged at the pillar and having the crown of thorns placed on his head, you would think that his patience would be wearing thin. However, as Jesus carried the cross to Calvary to be crucified, his patience did not falter.
While Jesus was physically and emotionally battered, He continued with the suffering. He didn’t let go and give up. He didn’t scream out in complaint. He was quiet, accepting and at peace.
Even when women cried and fell behind him screaming out to him, He turned to tell them not to grieve for him. Instead, He told the women to grieve for their children.
Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me; but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For behold, the days shall come, wherein they will say: Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the paps that have not given suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains: Fall upon us; and to the hills: Cover us. For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry?
How Catholics Can Practice Patience
Patience is more than biting your tongue. Patient is more than turning the other way to avoid pain. Patience is accepting the suffering that has come on you and facing it head on. It means taking in the pain and understanding that it’s there for a reason.
When you are patient you do not complain about the problems in your life. You do not cry out in mercy. You remain still and quiet waiting for it to pass. You remain faithful to God that he will see you through the madness.
Patience is forgiveness. After something tragic happens in life, patience is letting go of it without looking back to reflect on how horrible it was to let it affect the present. It’s about being at peace with your life, through the good and bad.
As you pray the Rosary, meditate on the Sorrowful Mystery of the Carrying of the Cross. Due to the heroic suffering Jesus incurred, the reflection of His pain helps Catholics see that no matter how difficult the abuse was for Jesus, He continued on. Understanding this and incorporating this type of strengthen into your life will help you persevere through the most difficult times in your life.
It’s also perfectly acceptable to pray to the Lord asking for the patience to continue on a path that causes great strife. With continued faith in Him and reminders that this is the way life is so you can accept it, you’ll be able to learn how to practice the most difficult virtue of all – patience.