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By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange, July 23, 2019
“By your patience you will save your souls.” (Lk 21:19)
All of us must strive to practice patience. But of primary importance, and Saint Ignatius of Loyola insists on this, we must beg for the grace from God to be patient.
Therefore, we would like to offer a brief strategy, a clear and practical program on how we can eventually, with the help of God’s grace, attain that most important and most needed virtue of patience. With God’s grace all is possible. Or, if you like: “Nothing is impossible with God!” (Lk 1:37)
1. God’s Infinite and Permanent Love
God loves you. Most of us have heard this countless times, such that it may seem to be a trite, a hackneyed phrase, a pious platitude, a common cliché. However, this short but most profound Biblical truth must descend from our head to our heart and it is this: God really and truly loves me! Most certainly we have heard and read this truth numerous times, but maybe it is like water running off a duck’s back in that it has never really sunk into the depths of our heart.
In a word, are we really convinced not only that God is love, but also that this God of love has an infinite and permanent love for me in all times, all places, and all circumstances? And yes, it must be stated, God loves me even when I fail Him due to my moral failures that we call sin.