Patience in the Spiritual Life

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Do you ever get frustrated at the slow pace of the spiritual life? We can sometimes say to God, “Lord, I wish I was holier… and do it right now!”

The first person we must have patience with is ourselves. We are all a work-in-progress. Consider which is better — a meal from a crock pot, or a meal from a microwave? Home-cooked or frozen TV dinner? We want things to be instantaneous, but there are no shortcuts to virtue or sainthood. God wants to make sure that what He builds in our life is going to be solid and firm — thus, He takes His time! Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

We must be patient with Him — and patient with ourselves. As St. Paul writes,

“I am sure that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion!”
— Phil 1:6

Fr. Joseph Gill

Fr. Joseph Gill

Fr. Joseph Gill grew up in a musical family in Frederick, MD, the oldest of five children. His father taught him piano from a young age, and his mother often sang in the church choir. He began writing songs very young, honing his skill further when he received his first guitar. After his conversion, he dedicated his life and his songwriting to the Lord. Fr. Gill was ordained a Catholic priest in May 2013. He is currently serving at the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist, Stamford, Connecticut. He shares his homilies at The Cross Stands While the World Turns.

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    Please read Humility by Andrew Murray. It’s really an important work to help us internally prepare for our interior trials. Thankfully Yeshua is patient with us as we stumble along this life. Thank you Father for trying to shepherd us towards Him.

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