February 24

Reflection

During this season of Lent let us practice how to fast from anger and feast on patience.

Anger is a strong feeling of displeasure with a desire to strike back at the cause; patience enables one to endure difficulty, provocation, or annoyance calmly. Patience is about waiting, tolerating, and forgiving. It gives others their own space and time. Patient people are not easily provoked. “Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.” Anger is sometimes justified but it is never an excuse for cruelty. Practice can enable one to turn anger into a patient search for viable solutions.

Prayer

May the God of patience and comfort grant us to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus
Romans 15:4-5

Action

What drives me to anger? Why? Is it worth it? How can I work through it patiently?

Suggested Reading

Take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for one’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
James 1:19-20

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose
courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying
them – every day begin the task anew.
Saint Francis De Sales

Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee;
All things pass;
God never changes.
Patience attains all that it strives for.
God never changes
St. Teresa of Avila

The practice of patience toward one another, the overlooking of one another’s defects, and the bearing of one another’s burdens is the most elementary condition of all human and social activity in the family, in the professions, and in society.
Lawrence G. Lovasik

If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?
Sydney J. Harris

Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
Aristotle

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
Buddha

Speak when you are angry – and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.
Laurence J. Peter

When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.
Louis Nizer

Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.
Joyce Meyer

Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.
Saadi

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.
Arnold H. Glasow

A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.
Henri J.M. Nouwen

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