Patience and Perseverance

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.    ~ John Quincy Adams   ~

Though it is perfectly natural to experience sadness over loss or injury, according to St. Thomas Aquinas, patience enables one to bear suffering in such a way that he is not broken by sorrow or led to forsake the way of virtue. Patience preserves peace of mind in the face of injury, suffering, and sadness. It prevents us from being “discouraged” – from losing courage.  The kind of person who tends to give up when he faces difficulties lacks perseverance. When things do not come easily for him, he gets frustrated and wants to quit rather than persist and work through the problem. According to St. Thomas Aquinas, the lack of perseverance is a vice called “softness.” A soft person lacks character. He is like a spongy “Nerf ” football that is easily bendable. Like a Nerf football, the soft person is easily” bent out of shape” when things do not go his way.

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