Nov 25, 2008
Waiting is something that we do each and every day – whether we like it or not. From instant oatmeal to instant messaging, we like things to be quick, easy and convenient. For example, transportation and communication are faster today than ever before. Years ago, traveling across the country would take days, weeks, or maybe even months. Today, we can travel from coast to coast in a matter of hours. Instead of hand-writing letters and waiting days, or even weeks, for a response, we simply jump on the computer and send an email or pull our cell phones out of our pockets and make a quick phone call or send a text message.
But amidst a culture that clamors for instant everything, there is something to be said for the value of waiting. It fosters the virtue of patience, which is one of the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, St. Paul tells us, “Love is patient” (1 Cor 13:4-7). If we are seeking to live out Christian charity, it is important for us to develop the ability to wait patiently. In a world in which people can barely stand to wait five or ten minutes at Starbucks, our society is quickly losing the virtue of patience and is trying its hardest to remove any opportunities we may have to practice and develop this virtue.