Pearl 48: “Let us have patience, yes.

Pearl 48

 

...Patience gains all things; he who has God wants nothing:  God alone suffices, said the great St. Teresa of Jesus.  May she be blessed.”

Paciencia, si; ‘la paciencia todo lo alcanza; quien a Dios tiene, nada le falta, solo Dios basta,’ dice la gran santa Teresa de Jesus; bendita sea.

          This pearl, found in Letter 50, speaks volumes.  In the letter one can find a whole range of problems or difficulties she has to respond to, such as the foundations of Medina and Tolosa; concerns she has to respond to, such as food for the sisters, and paying the debt to the pharmacy;  family matters, such as asking that her father be told that she is improving.  And yet in the midst of life and all the things life brings, whether it be light, shadows, or many shades of gray, she begins the letter by talking about patience and citing St. Teresa of Jesus or better known to us as St. Teresa of Avila.

         Mother Candida was exercised in patience.  For all her efforts and hard work, many times she had to wait for people to move, for people to donate what they pledged, for people’s moods to change, for situations to become better, for government approval, for Church approval, for life to finally flow and allow her to do what God wills.  She was a woman who knew life and accepted it as such, without however wasting any effort on her part.

          It is interesting what Antonio Grau has to say about this: When societies incite quick success, remember that true strength comes from within, from the modest effort that goes inch by inch, and whoever laughs Friday can cry on Sunday...

       When the frost of aridity or the mist of boredom penetrate you to the bone, persevere with ardent patience: in your firmaments, there will be stars and golden ears of wheat in your fields. And you just have to live with this certainty: for the one who has God, does not need any other thing.

... (Paraphrased by me for better clarity, for purposes of this reflection).

          

Reflection:

The saying goes that patience is a virtue.  But it doesn’t become a virtue until we have been exercised and practiced in it, over time, until it has become part of us.

$1.      How has life exercised you in virtue?

$2.     What were your first responses?

$3.  Do you see a development or a shift in your responses over time?  How did it happen?

$4.     How do you handle tiring situations that last for a long time at this moment?

$5.     Where is God in all this?