Patience is a tricky thing. We all hear so often that patience is a virtue. A virtue is something you have to practice, like any other ability. The practice might be annoying or brutal, but, as the saying goes,”No pain, no Gain”. Since we all desperately need the “Gain” part, it is important to learn how to get through the “Pain” part.
- Start saying the Morning Offering daily – By doing this, you are giving your day, and everything that happens during the day, to God. Since God can handle pretty much everything a lot better than you can, this is a good starting point. Say it in the morning, maybe when you get up or when you’re on the way to school or work. Here is the Morning Offering I use:
MORNING OFFERING O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in thanksgiving for your favors, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.
Socias, James (2012-06-12). Handbook of Prayers (Kindle Locations 825-829). Midwest Theological Forum. Kindle Edition.
- Say a Hail Mary – This refocuses you to what is really important. The school test you are stressing over is ultimately not going to influence your eternal destiny (Plus, if you bother enough to stress about it, your going to do fine). If your struggling being patient with a particular person, say an extra Hail Mary for their family. If you have to deal with them for part of the day and your getting this annoyed, imagine how annoyed the people are that live with them!
- If all else fails – http://catholicmemes.com You will not go bored with access to this site! Here is a sample:
Lastly remember this: