Impatience seems to be the newest trendy sin. We seem to have no tolerance for waiting, for enduring through difficulties. Young people, especially, seem unable to work steadfastly through the steps it may take to complete a task well; they get upset and give up if things don’t come to them quickly.
We have all become addicted to noise, rushing, efficiency, and speed. We don’t want to grow old, because we don’t see value in the slower rhythms of older age. People try to produce noble and heart-rending explanations why abortion or euthanasia are necessary. But it is the same temptation: to bring an end to a life that’s too much trouble, or isn’t useful or efficient or beautiful.
Good Friday is our Catholic symbol of all the evil that exists in the world. This year on Good Friday, a Franciscan priest gave a homily at the Vatican. He said, “Human progress is advancing today at a dizzying pace and humanity sees new and unexpected horizons unfolding before it…. (But) Despite all the misery, injustice, the monstrosities present on Earth, (Jesus) has already inaugurated the final order in the world. … the world has reached its final destination… The new world has already begun.” (R. Cantalamessa, OFM)
That shouldn’t be news to us! He is merely saying that Jesus has already defeated evil, and that we know how the story ends—in victory for life, and for each of us. If we can have the boldness to believe, shouldn’t this truth be the greatest incentive to our own perseverance in life?.
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