We do not “bear wrongs patiently” in order to ignore them or to be able to avoid dealing with them. We bear wrongs patiently in order to enable natural growth to succeed where forced growth so often fails in the long run.
To bear wrongs patiently does not mean that we do not work for justice. It simply means that we must work for justice justly. We must model what we want for others.
St. Teresa of Avila, a woman whose ideas were obstructed often in her own life, knew the power of holy patience. She wrote: “Let nothing disturb thee/ Let nothing frighten thee/ All things are changing/ God alone is changeless/ Patience attains the goal/ One who has God lacks nothing/ God alone fills all our needs.”
The lesson is clear: If we proceed with patience, we will have everything we need spiritually, however much justice we must go on struggling for as we go.
(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)