"I have learned that the greatest power is hidden in patience. I see that patience always leads to victory, although not immediately; but that victory will become manifest after many years. Patience is linked to meekness." (Diary )
Patience - just another thing we have to exercise! As human beings we are often impatient with others, and more often with ourselves. And yet as St. Maria Faustina reminds us, it is of the utmost importance to our spiritual well-being and will ultimately lead to victory.
Patience is a virtue which increases as we practice it. We can start out slowly, with small things: waiting on a line or in traffic, politely listening to someone who may not be very interesting. As we conquer impatience with these we can move on to more dire circumstances: suffering though an illness, the inability to find work, a difficult family problem. In this way we overcome our faults - a quick temper perhaps, sulkiness, or bitterness.
"...As an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy." (James 5:10-11) See what our patience brings? The very thing St. Faustina was passionate about: God's mercy on us and on the whole world. Because He is so long-suffering with us, we in turn need to practice this godly virtue. Like Job, we may not understand what we are going through, but our patience will generate grace by its meekness and humility.
St. Maria Faustina, pray for us!