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“True patience consists in bearing calmly the evils others do to us, and in
not being consumed by resentment against those who inflict them. Those who
only appear to bear the evils done them by their neighbors, who suffer them
in silence while they are looking for an opportunity for revenge, are not
practicing patience, but only make a show of it. Paul writes that ‘love is
patient and kind.’ It is patient in bearing the evils done to us by others,
and it is kind in even loving those it bears with. Jesus himself tells us:
‘Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who
persecute and calumniate you.’ Virtue in the sight of others is to bear
with those who oppose us, but virtue in God’s sight is to love them. This
is the only sacrifice acceptable to God.”

St. Gregory the Great.

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