What is Patience?

“Patience: the armor of understanding,

judgment over wrath,

sanatorium of the heart,

exhortation of the insolent,

pacification of the agitated,

storm-free haven,

comfort of the grieved,

kindness toward all.

When slandered, it blesses;

mistreated, it rejoices.

Consolation of the oppressed,

mirror of hoped-for good things,

trophy of the tortured.”

(Evagrius – d. 399AD in Dragon’s Wine and Angel’s Bread by Gabriel Bunge, p 109)