GeE 112: Perseverance, Patience, and Meekness

See the source imageWe delve deeper into Gaudete et Exsultate with an extended look into some qualities linked closely with holiness: Perseverance, Patience and Meekness.

On perseverance:

112. The first of these great signs is solid grounding in the God who loves and sustains us. This source of inner strength enables us to persevere amid life’s ups and downs, but also to endure hostility, betrayal and failings on the part of others. “If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31): this is the source of the peace found in the saints.

Many saints thrived in community. Or at a minimum, drew on formative experiences there, and were able to find support of close companions even in the face of persecution from within the Church.

Such inner strength makes it possible for us, in our fast-paced, noisy and aggressive world, to give a witness of holiness through patience and constancy in doing good. It is a sign of the fidelity born of love, for those who put their faith in God (pístis) can also be faithful to others (pistós). They do not desert others in bad times; they accompany them in their anxiety and distress, even though doing so may not bring immediate satisfaction.

For example, the ideals of Saint Benedict are rooted in the qualities of the monastic tradition. Hospitality comes to mind as an important one practiced by many lay people. The Catholic Worker movement describes their locations as “houses of hospitality,” and their witness of perseverance in the face of growing expressions of violence and warmongering in the modern world are a suitable and telling witness of holiness.

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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