(Latin: patior, endure)

A form of the virtue of fortitude; a virtue enabling one to endure present evils without being unduly cast down, because of the love of God. Patience is understood particularly as the bearing of evils inflicted by another. The grades of patience are: to bear difficulties without fretfulness or murmuring, to use hardships to make progress in virtue, to desire aftlictions and to accept them with holy joy.

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