Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 1 March – Patience

Being and Doing – 1 March – Patience

IMPATIENCE and impetuosity of will were corrected, as indeed every other fault of character can alone be corrected, by the constant exercise of the virtues which balanced and controlled them, hope, patience, faith, and the renunciation of self.  Patience she calls the touchstone of all the virtues.”

From Catherine of Siena.

THERE are two sorts of patience; the one by which we bear up in adversity, which is fine and beautiful; but the other, that by which we understand the commission of evil, is better.

TO understand everything would be to pardon everything.


ON the whole it is patience which makes the final difference between those who succeed or fail, in all things.

All the greatest people have it in an infinite degree, and among the less, the patient weak ones always conquer the impatient strong.



These quotes are from ‘Being and Doing’ A selection of helpful thoughts from various authors arranged for daily reading.

Collected by Constance M Whishaw and first published in 1908 for members of the Being and Doing Guild whose object is to do all they can for the relief of suffering and misery.

Most of the writers are 19th Century Christians from Britain and Europe who were committed to living their faith through deeds as well as words – Being AND Doing.

For many years these words have kept me company and encouraged me on the journey of faith.  I hope they will encourage others also.

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