A Brief Example of Fortitude and Patience from the Bible
Jesus went from thence, and retired into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And behold a woman of Canaan who came out of those coasts, crying out, said to him: Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David: my daughter is grievously troubled by the devil.
23 Who answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying: Send her away, for she crieth after us:
24 And he answering, said: I was not sent but to the sheep that are lost of the house of Israel.
25 But she came and adored him, saying: Lord, help me.
26 Who answering, said: It is not good to take the bread of the children, and to cast it to the dogs.
27 But she said: Yea, Lord; for the whelps also eat of the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters.
28 Then Jesus answering, said to her: O woman, great is thy faith: be it done to thee as thou wilt: and her daughter was cured from that hour. (Matthew 15:21-28; emphasis added).
God expects us,
and even requires us, to be persistent in asking Him for good things.
God ignores those of us who want Him (by our lack of persistence and fortitude)
to send us away before He grants us our petitions.
God delights in our constancy and in our persistency and in our fortitude
and in never giving up in asking Him for what we want and for what we need.
A Point to Ponder
“The principal act
of fortitude is endurance, that is, to stand immovable in the midst of
dangers rather than to attack them.” (Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P.,
[b. 1225 A.D. in Rocca Secca, Naples, Italy - d. Wednesday, March 7, 1274
A.D. in Fossa Nuova, Italy], Doctor of the Church: “Angelic Doctor”, “Common
Doctor”; “Summa Theologica”, Part II-II, Question 123, Article 6.)
“Chapter X, Patience and Meekness”
“‘In your patience you shall possess your Souls.’” ( Luke 21:19.)”
“Patience and Longanimity, Twin Columns of the Interior Life”
“‘Charity is patient.’” (1 Corinthians, 13:4.)”
“Patience, says St. Thomas, (1. Cf. “Summa Theologica”, Part II-II, Question 136, Article 1) is a virtue attached to the VIRTUE OF FORTITUDE, which hinders a man from departing from right reason illumined by faith by yielding to difficulties and to sadness. It makes him bear the evils of life with equanimity of soul, says St. Augustine (2. “De Patientia”, - On Patience, Chapter 3) without allowing himself to be troubled by vexations. The impatient man, no matter how violent he may be, is a weak man; when he raises his voice and murmurs, he really succumbs from the moral point of view. The patient man, on the contrary, puts up with an inevitable evil in order to remain on the right road, to continue his ascent toward God. Those who bear adversity that they may attain what their pride desires, have not the virtue of patience but only its counterfeit, hardness of heart.”
“...Some years ago Americanism spoke rather disdainfully of the so-called passive virtues of patience, humility, and obedience. A good writer replied that they are the twin columns of the moral and spiritual life.”
“To have patience as a solid virtue, man must be in the state of grace and have charity, which prefers God to everything else, no matter what the cost. For this reason St. Paul says: ‘Charity is patient.’ (6. Cf. 1 Corinthians 13:4)...”
“...To practice this virtue in a manner that is not stoic but Christian, we should often recall the patience of Christ on the cross, which surpasses human thought. For love of us He endured the most severe physical and moral sufferings, which came to Him from the fury of the priests of the Synagogue, from abandonment by His people, from the ingratitude of His own, from the divine malediction due to sin, which He willed to bear in our place as a voluntary victim. May the patience of our Savior preserve our souls according to the words of St. Paul: ‘And the Lord direct your hearts, in the charity of God and the patience of Christ.’ (9. Cf. 2 Thessalonians 3:5) As a German proverb says, patience yields roses and ends by obtaining all: ‘Geduld bringt rosen’ [Patience brings roses.]”
“When we have to practice this virtue in prolonged trials, we should remember the teaching of the saints, that sufferings well borne are like materials which compose the edifice of our salvation. Sufferings are the portion of the children of God in this life and a sign of predestination: ‘Through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God,’ we are told in the Acts of the Apostles. (10. Acts 14:21) It is essential to know how to suffer calmly without excessive self-pity. Those who share most in the sufferings of Christ will be most glorified with Him. (11. Cf. A Boissieu, O.P., “La Patience chez les saints” - The Patience in the Saints [Ed. “La Vie spirituelle” - The Spiritual Life]) Sometimes an act of great patience before death is sufficient; this is the case of many dying persons who are reconciled to God a few days or hours before their last breath.”
(Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. [b. Auch, France 1877 A.D. - d. Rome, Italy, 1964 A.D.], “The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Prelude of Eternal Life”. Father taught Dogmatic and Spiritual theology for 53 years at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, a.k.a. the Angelicum, in Rome, Italy. Imprimatur: + Samuel Cardinal Stritch, S.T.D., Chicago, Illinois, September 29, 1948. Copyright 1948, B. Herder Book Company. Translated by Sister M. Timothea Doyle, O.P. Volume 2, Part III, The Illuminative Way of Proficients, Chapter X, Patience and Meekness, pp. 99-102.)
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