Patience is a great thing, a great virtue. Christ said that if you don’t have patience, you will lose your souls, and in order to gain your souls you must have patience. Patience is love, and without love you can’t have patience. But it’s a matter of faith. In reality, we are without faith, because we don’t know how God works and frees us from difficulties and vexations. Make petition to our Holy Lady:

Turn now my lamentation to joy
And into gladness change my mourning and sorrowing,
My grieving and pain convert to mirth, into festal delight,
O Most Blessed Virgin who gave birth to God.*

* Canon to the Holy Theotokos from the Theotokarion edited by St. Nikodemos (Tone 5, Tuesday Vespers)

-Elder Porphyrios +1991, Wounded by Love, p.146

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