What Does It Mean To Have Patience?

Patience is the ability to hold still under threat until we can discern what is at stake. Patience demands neither passivity nor docility, but a fierce attentiveness to what is really happening.

The medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas observed that patience girds us “to endure immediate injuries in such a way as not to be unduly dejected by them.”

Transforming Our Painful Emotions
Transforming Our Painful Emotions: Spiritual Resources in Anger, Shame, Grief, Fear, and Loneliness

Evelyn Eaton Whitehead & James D. Whitehead

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