Continued from yesterday...
Thoughts on patience
Everyone can be patient, no matter how excitable he may be by temperament. Some of the Saints who were most notable for their sweetness were naturally excitable, nervous and bad-tempered, as for instance, St. Francis de Sales.
How to be patient
Let us see how patient people are happy. One goes to purchase things in a shop where the owner is patient and affable, but we avoid a shop where the clerks are irascible. Among those whom we know, the best loved are those who are kind and patient.
When visiting the sick, we notice how those who are patient suffer relatively little. The impatient ones intensify their pains a thousand times.
Walking in a crowded street, if we observe the passersby, we see some that are hasty, disagreeable, rude; whereas others are calm and dignified.
This should serve as a daily lesson for us, a daily reminder.
Doctors tell us that impatient and excitable people suffer very much from heart troubles and brain troubles and shorten their lives considerably, even by many years.
Everyone who wishes to be happy, to be loved, to have a long life, should make every effort to be calm and patient and should ask God fervently in all his prayers to make him patient...
From An Easy Way to Become a Saint
by E. D. M. (1949)
The Catholic Printing Press
With Ecclesiastical Approbation
13th June 1949