Patience is the willingness to suffer for the welfare of another. Christian patience has a note of mercy within it. Mercy is love’s readiness to be seized by the suffering of another. We call patience a virtue because it is not ours by nature. It does not come to us easily or instinctively. It is learned behavior. Usually, we learn to be patient if we have patience modeled for us by our parents. The idea of patience is expanded far beyond our immediate family to our larger family as we move from the home of our parent’s to the home of our citizenship. When we correctly identify our citizenship as a participation in the Kingdom of God, our patience likewise becomes an option for us in Christian charity... [Click the link to see the full article]
This is the last in a series of three articles in which I have been exploring patience as a virtue that is characteristic of Cursillistas. Patience is a hard virtue to profess because it means we absorb the consequences of other’s acts of immaturity or ignorance because we believe in the transformative power of love. As Fr. Richard Rohr often reminds his readers, pain that is not transformed will be transmitted. When injustice or inhumane practices become legalized and then institutionalized, it takes a very long time to see it for what it is. (Click the heading to read the full article)
When you are experiencing bad times in your life, do you pray to God in desperation or defiance? One type of prayer shows that you have not given up hope in God, the other is a divorce from your relationship with God. Read Fr. Dan's second part of "Cursillo Patience" for this insightful look at patience.
Msgr. Dan Arnold talks about the principles that help to describe our spiritual life in the latest Cursillo Chat Blog entry. "There are some principles that help to describe our spiritual life. One that is non-negotiable is that familiarity with the cross of Christ always precedes familiarity with the crown of glory. The reason for that has to do with the fact that people can only exhibit the graciousness of God to the degree that it exists within them. A crass analogy would be to say that only someone who has practiced and...