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o Catholic.net
God surely has patience with his children. He tolerates our defects and allows humanity to continue populating the earth in spite of our overall poor conduct... From the Holy Spirit we must learn to have with others the same patience God has with us... self-restraint and tolerance... pure and simple humanly bearing with one another... Fruits ripen slowly. Nature takes its course and the seasons cannot be hurried. The same thing happens with the cultivation of the Spirit. Time is needed. Patience is needed, until the Holy Spirit gradually converts us, a little bit at a time, into masters of patience... [Patience in listening]: Everything is a word of God which is calling me: the other person’s gestures of love call me to give thanks, others’ wishes and necessities call me to service, their troubles call me to help wish solutions and to share.

o Augustine
... understood to be that by which we tolerate evil things with an even mind, that we may not with a mind uneven desert good things. "The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared," as the Apostle says, "with the future glory that shall be revealed in us." And again he says, "This our temporal and light tribulation does in inconceivable manner work for us an eternal weight of glory."

o AverageCatholicJoe
It’s okay for me to take a minute before responding to any situation or person. I have to check my motives, my disposition.

o CatholicDictionary
A form of the moral virtue of fortitude. It enables one to endure present evils without sadness or resentment in conformity with the will of God. Patience is mainly concerned with bearing the evils caused by another. The three grades of patience are: to bear difficulties without interior complaint, to use hardships to make progress in virtue, and even to desire the cross and afflictions out of love for God and accept them with spiritual joy.

o CatholicPrayers.com
It’s what you do with your anger that matters. Do you let it simmer? Does it cause you to relish harsh judgments? Do you nurse grudges, or can you, with God’s help and grace, let them go?... The Lord was very patient in His passion... “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them--every day begin the tasks anew.”

Prayers
O God, who didst crush the pride of the enemy by the long-suffering of Thine Only-begotten Son: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may worthily recall those things which in His tender love He bore for us; and thus following His example may patiently endure all our adversities.

My dearest Jesus, teach me to be patient, when all day long my heart is troubled by little, but troublesome crosses.