-Right Reverend Placid Solari, O.S.B
Have you ever lamented a lack of patience? As the conclusion to the prologue to his Rule, Saint Benedict writes: “We shall through patience share in the sufferings of Christ that we may deserve also to share in his kingdom.” In the Latin in which he wrote, the words “patience” and “sufferings” recognizably share the same root. How often, however, do we ever consider the seemingly endless succession of circumstances in our life that demand our patience to be an invitation to share in Jesus’ cross and suffering? Are we sometimes tempted to feel that our sufferings, which require patience, are punishments? When confronted with serious or unanticipated illness, with disappointment, with the failure of carefully made plans, does the thought steal over us that perhaps God does not care? Or can we discern in all these things the Lord’s invitation to take up our unique and particular cross, and follow him? After all, he himself on his own cross cried out, “My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?” But “God raised him up”, and thus it is possible that our patience in suffering, in disappointment and in pain can be our profession of faith in Jesus’ resurrection.
Saint Benedict returns again to patience at the conclusion of his Rule, when he instructs the monks “to bear most patiently one another’s infirmities, whether of body of character.” Patience has now become the fruit of charity, which is the goal of Christian life. Can we discern in the demands – often relentless – of others’ needs a revelation of Christ’s cross, the greatest sign of God’s love?
We can take to heart the words of the twelfth century Cistercian, Isaac of Stella: “Patience is the greatest virtue of all . . . It is divided into two parts, namely, temperance and courage, and it makes the soul it possesses … sober and strong. May he be pleased to bestow on us that we suffer with him and in him, who, in patience, has suffered for us, Jesus Christ.”
Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum
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Committment of Malteser International to Syrian Refugees
The Order is in Kilis in southeast Turkey, a city close to the Syrian border that hosts more refugees than local residents. Here, the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief agency Malteser International, in cooperation with its Turkish partner organisation, has constructed a hospital where medics treat refugees of the Syrian civil war. Those who have made it this far may have survived the war but have often suffered severe injuries. Their homes, their homeland, and often members of their families, are gone forever. Here at the field hospital the refugees receive medical care from their fellow countrymen. A glimmer of hope for a better future. Click here to watch a short clip.