I wanted to make you all aware that along with the stock market being at record high’s there also appears to be a rally of sort of available wealth for the kingdom of heaven. I would have preferred to describe it as a lottery ticket, mainly because lottery winnings are often time quickly squandered away, however winning the lottery is a rare thing, while the opportunity of obtaining this jewel for your crown in the kingdom is most common.
Humanity, especially in the west is moving farther away from Christ, which in consequence means many more souls are being lost. What is needed to reverse this course? Grace, abundant grace. How is grace merited? By prayer and penance.
And what about us, does not the debt we owe to God for our numerous sins grow daily? What shall we do about that?
With so much debt and so many graces needed, we are in need of great amounts of it and fast.
We can obtain this abundant grace, and merit in the kingdom by enduring wrongs patiently. With the abundance of sin today, we must confess there is a greater abundance of grace. My forecast is that the opportunity of obtaining this merit is growing daily, and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. Bearing wrongs patiently is probably not the most popular of the spiritual works of mercy, but it is one that all the faithful will have plenty of opportunity to practice. Let us not squander it like a the winnings of a lotto through impatience and irritation.
“If then He sends us suffering in this life, it is for our own good: All things work together unto good." Even chastisements come to us, not to crush us, but to make us mend our ways and save our souls:"Let us believe that these scourges of the Lord have happened for our amendment and not for our destruction." St. Alphonsus Ligouri, Uniformity with Gods Will.
How can we know if we are bearing wrongs patiently? Are we accepting our trials with peace, joy, longanimity, are we showing goodness to those who make us suffer? Do we show constancy in our labors for the Church, or do we only really labor when we are stirred up in a passion of anger?
How do these test if we are bearing wrongs patiently? What I have described are the fruits of the Holy Ghost. If we are at least striving with our hearts and souls to characterize our actions and thoughts after this manner then we are traveling towards that patience that will fully let us possess our souls. Luke 21, 19
To learn more about the Fruits of the Holy Ghost, check out our latest audiobook: The Catechism in Examples: The Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
So lets get practical, what amongst the zealous warriors for the Kingdom of heaven can hinder a person's patience when bearing wrongs?
I believe one major cause is the displacement of seeking first the Kingdom of Heaven and the Love of Jesus Christ in ones own life with that of the outward success of the Church.
It is a mark of a saint to be grieved when Holy Mother the Church suffers evil. A saint should grieve, weep and then rise up and rebuild the walls of the Holy City with a sword in his hand. Nehmiah 4:17
Discouragement, anxiety or even worst sins that result from bad news are signs that we have taken our eyes off of Heaven on put them here on earth. It will help us keep our patience if we continue to remind ourselves that God is in control of everything and that He Loves us.
So what can we do?
In this month of June, dedicated to the most Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, we can strive manfully to practice the meekness of His Most Sacred Heart.
“" I will tell you my plan. When I see myself inclined to get angry, I pray at once to God to help me, and to make me meek ; then, with a little care and by the grace of God, the passion goes away, and my good humour comes back to me. But if sometimes it does not go away at once, and when I feel it about to burst out in angry words, I immediately stop, keep my lips closed, and do nothing till it is over ; and then, when the tempest is past, I find it easy to speak gently and act kindly.” St Vincent DePaul, The Catechism in Examples, Fruits of the Holy Spirit, Mildness
Whatever evil afflicts us we should like valiant warriors go to fight the dragon. To bear wrongs patiently is not to run from battle, but to fight bravely with the arms that God has given us: meekness, patience, goodness and all the other Fruits of the Holy Ghost, fighting for His Glory and for the love of our neighbor, even if our neighbor is our enemy. If we do this we shall have peace in our hearts and jewels in our crown for the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus Meek and Humble of Heart Make our hearts like unto thine
“The Virtue of Patience is the one that most assures us of perfection”. St Francis De Sales, From the Voice of The Saints, TAN Books 1993