Friday 31 July 2020

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St Ignatius Loyola. Day of penance

Jeremiah 26:1-9. Lord, in your great love, answer me – Psalm 68(69):5, 8-10, 14. Matthew 13:54-58.

‘We should be slow to speak and patient in listening.’ (St Ignatius)

According to the distinguished Coptic Christian, Adel Bestravos, ‘Patience with others is charity; patience with self is hope; patience with God is faith.’

Though we may not immediately associate the practice of patience with one who was a Basque by birth and a passionate man on and off the battlefield, Ignatius Loyola was a conspicuously patient man.

In his life and in his letters, patience is revealed as one of his most admirable qualities. For St Augustine patience is ‘the companion of wisdom’; and, as Paul reminds us, it is one of the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22).

Lord, I pray for those who sometimes try my patience and for the grace to walk gently amid the turmoil of daily life with a pure heart.

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