In this video Fr. Robert Gahl talks about Patience: The Gateway to All Virtues.
St. Thomas Aquinas says that patience allows us to remove the obstacles that prevent us from cultivating all of the other virtues. It is a key to a door, as it were, opening up to the life of virtue. Therefore, inasmuch as enduring suffering challenges us to grow in patience, it challenges us to grow in all of the virtues. There is a connection between Thomas Aquinas’ beliefs about patience and modern psychology. Modern psychotherapists say that by accepting unwanted thoughts and desires, we can overcome them and become better, more flourishing persons. In the Christian Faith, Jesus Christ is our model of living patience in the most perfect way. It is through allowing Christ to act within us that we are able to grow in patience—and thus, all of the other virtues.
Fr. Robert Gahl is an Associate Professor of Ethics at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and a member of the Thomas International Board of Directors.