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Pope speaks about 'bearing wrongs patiently' at General Audience

2016-11-16

In his Wednesday General Audience, the pope spoke about patience through the work of mercy, bearing wrongs patiently. He said patience is required in two related spiritual works of mercy, admonishing sinners and instructing the ignorant. 

He said that by "showing patience to those who do wrong and, by extension, to those who are annoying, one can imitate God’s own patience with sinners. Exercising patience with others also challenges each person to reflect on their own conduct and failings.”


SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS

Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

In our catechesis for this Holy Year of Mercy, we now consider the spiritual work of mercy which is bearing wrongs patiently. In showing patience to those who wrong us and, by extension, to those we find irritating, we imitate God’s own patience with us sinners. 

Exercising patience with others also challenges us to reflect on our own conduct and failings. Patience is also required in two related spiritual works of mercy: admonishing sinners and instructing the ignorant. 

We think of the patience shown by the many parents, catechists and teachers who quietly help young people to grow in faith and knowledge of the important things in life. Helping others to look past the ephemeral, to discover the Lord’s will in their lives and thus to find lasting joy, is a great act of charity. By serving our brothers and sisters in this way, our own minds and hearts are purified and renewed. 

May the Holy Spirit grant us the generosity and patience needed to support and encourage those around us, so that together we may cherish the things that truly matter.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience,particularly those from Great Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Iceland, Malta, Nigeria, Indonesia, Malysia, the Philippines, New Zealand, Canada and the United States of America. 

With prayerful good wishes that these final days of the Jubilee of Mercy will be a moment of grace and spiritual renewal for you and your families, I invoke upon all of you joy and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ.


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