Parallel Texts from Pope Francis and Brother Charles-Patience

Pope Francis:

"Let us look at what patience means. Let us look to the patience of God and the patience of Simeon as we consider our own lives of consecration. We can ask ourselves what patience really involves. Certainly, it is not simply about tolerating difficulties or showing grim determination in the face of hardship."

Brother Charles:

"To be loving, gentle, humble with all human beings: this is what we have learned from Jesus. Not to be aggressive towards anyone. Jesus taught us to go out ‘like lambs among wolves." In the reality of daily lifeIn the reality of daily life

Pope Francis:

"Patience is not a sign of weakness, but the strength of spirit that enables us to “carry the burden”, to endure, to bear the weight of personal and community problems, to accept others as different from ourselves, to persevere in goodness when all seems lost, and to keep advancing even when overcome by fatigue and listlessness.

Brother Charles:

Courage is one of the virtues but it is special in that it does not exist on its own. The other virtues can be great only on condition that they be allied with courage. No one can grow in any of the virtues without it. Jesus shows us this courage when he is carrying his cross."