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Sit down, shut your mouth, and maybe you’ll learn a little something about PATIENCE!

Have you ever felt a little… edgy?

You know… when you clearly didn’t get enough any sleep, and the husband is obviously and deliberately pushing your buttons, and the kids are being just slightly less than angelic, and the STUPID DOG just barfed, and the coffee is cold, and “mom, I have a spelling test today,” and WHERE THE HECK IS THE BOTTLE OPENER!?!

Yeah… me neither.

Well, for the REST of you impatient heathens… listen up:

Patience is a virtue.

And… wine isn’t exactly appropriate at 6:32AM.  {WHAT?}
No, not even Pinot Noir.  {DANG!}

Sigh.

Today is October 17th – Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch.  Don’t know much about him?  Let’s explore.
He was a bishop in the late first century and was known for his letters to the early Christian churches and was the first one known to use the term “catholic” (meaning “universal”, “complete” and “whole”)  to describe the church.   In his letter to the Romans he shares:

From Syria even to Rome I fight with wild beasts, by land and sea, by night and by day, being bound amidst ten leopards, even a company of soldiers, who only grow worse when they are kindly treated.

Dang, no mention of resorting to wine… or whine.

Oh… and he was a martyr… eaten by lions at the Colosseum.

Wow… okay… puts things into perspective. {deep breath}

Patience is a virtue.

So how do we set an example to others for how to live a virtuous life in this day and age?
How do we treat those who are closest to us?
Are we instilling a Culture of Life in our actions as well as our words?
If we can’t die to ourselves, how can we expect others in this world to die to their own “wild beasts” that encircle them?
Those who see abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty as options for coping with our daily burdens rarely see any alternatives and need immediate solutions.
And while it’s easy to self-righteously compare splinters to beams in terms of the weight of our sins, it’s rare that we actually exhibit patience in our daily lives – especially to the extent that we expect others around us to maintain.

We work hard to instill every good Catholic formative teaching in the hearts of our children, but patience is something we learn by example.  And not only our children, but everyone we meet in our day to day lives.

It’s important to remember that the Culture of Life BEGINS with us, in how we actually treat one another and how we are perceived by others.

How’s that for a good ol’ Catholic guilt trip?   Eh, we could all use a good smack in the soul with a  solid examination of conscience once in awhile.

And when those “wild beasts” begin to encircle us we should remember St. Ignatius of Antioch, who continued to treat them kindly – even to his own death.