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52 Dresses: The Heart of a Woman as Seen by God
Ch 6: Dress of Patience

Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance; and endurance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. – Romans 5: 3-5

REFLECTION
Patience makes you hope in a new way.

From the moment you get up your head is already full of dozens of things that are waiting to be done and countless issues to organize and manage. On top of that, you have a routine to follow as you prepare to present your best image to the world: put on your makeup, fix yourself up, get ready to literally “put on your best face.”

You never get enough sleep to be able to face this marathon of obstacles and unexpected events. You are, often without realizing it, working to build harmony in the world, cooperating with time while harmonizing the spaces and people around you. But I ask you now while you have some time to reflect: are you able to harmonize your own interior, stepping out of time and limiting yourself to the space of your heart?

Today I invite you to wear the dress of patience. This dress is so easy to leave hanging in your closet. Many times you look at it with a bit of envy, as if you are telling yourself: “if I lose some weight I could wear this and it would fit me so well ….”

And that is precisely what you have to do, lose weight – but not physical weight, rather the weight that you often carry on your shoulders to be able to meet everyone’s needs.

This dress of patience will help you stop rushing through time, moderate your emotional reactions, and expand your ability to listen to and welcome others. With this dress, you will live in the truth interiorly, in who you are.  You will be getting yourself dressed more than getting others dressed, seeking to fix yourself up more than to fix others, to love yourself as you should, instead of only loving others.

This truth is a strength, but only when you do not expect an immediate effect and you have the patience to “let time take its time” until the truth shows itself as it truly is, not as something that needs to be changed. This is your truth, the one that lives deep within you and that you often hide while taking care of others.

And when you lose this weight which has been imposed on you for no reason, you will realize that your patience doesn’t grow, but rather it starts becoming more tangible.  You will be living the actual meaning of the word patience by enduring and persevering through difficulties.

Losing your patience means, at its roots, forgetting your reason for living, loving, and giving of yourself. It means that circumstances and people have overwhelmed you to the point that you are not able to suffer anymore, you do not want to suffer anymore, and you are not able to love anymore.

Dressed in patience you can begin to hope in a new way, not because something new will happen, but because beginning in your interior, you will do many new things with God, and the old things you still do will be clothed with mercy and forgiveness, as you learn to give without receiving and to receive without expecting.

TEXT FOR MEDITATION
Do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense. You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised. “For, after just a brief moment, he who is to come shall come; he shall not delay” -Hebrews 10: 35-37

JOURNEY / CHALLENGE
Pause three times a day to invoke the Holy Spirit and ask him for help to be patient, looking inside your heart to find what extra weight you are carrying, and what you need to be able to let go of it.

PRAYER

I SURRENDER TO YOU

I surrender to you my heart encamped in your silence,
my silence in love with your words,
my mind, my thoughts, my reason.

I surrender to you my searching and all my dreams,
my fatigues and all my fears too.
I surrender to you my joy and all that causes me affliction.

I surrender to you the sigh of my sincere love,
my prayer in the midst of honest effort,
what I have, what I had, and what I am today.

I surrender to you my worries and also my challenges,
my achievements and what remains a work in progress,
what comes with the sunrise.

I surrender to you my desire to see myself transformed,
united and eternally consumed
by the fire of your sweet love.

I surrender to you, in a few words, everything I am.

Extract taken from the book  Jesús a mi alma  by Fr. Guillermo Serra, LC.

Past chapters of  52 Dresses: The Heart of a Woman as Seen by God  are available in Spanish on my YouTube channel , and in English on the  RC Live  blog.  I welcome your comments  below.

Written by
Fr. Guillermo Serra, LC

Fr. Guillermo Serra, LC, is from Madrid, Spain, and now lives in Mexico City. Since his ordination in 2004, he has been leading people to know and embrace Christ’s love, learn to go deeper in prayer, and recognize God’s presence in their lives. A well-known writer and speaker, Fr. Guillermo has published two books on prayer, Sal de tu Cielo, and Jesús a mi Alma. He is also one of the most followed priests worldwide in his vibrant social media ministry. He has worked in Italy and the United States, and is currently serving as Director of Formation at a school in Mexico City.

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Written by Fr. Guillermo Serra, LC