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VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: PATIENCE

VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: PATIENCE
VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: PATIENCE

Current 8th grader Charlie Gwynn reflects on the virtue of patience, especially in light of the often busy and full Christmas season. Every two weeks virtues are created by different classrooms and shared with the school community as reminders of the mission of the St. Joseph School. Read Charlie's reflection on patience and Mrs. Ross' 1C class description of this important virtue.

Patience is one of the virtues we celebrate at St. Joseph this season. Patience is the ability to wait for something without complaint and is a valuable skill many hope to possess. During Advent, our patience will be tested as we wait for Christmas and the coming of Jesus. Often times, the Christmas season is filled with activities and busyness, constantly testing our patience. As we prepare for Christmas, remembering to be patience is an important skill.

Over the years my patience has been tested in different ways during this season. In my younger years, my biggest test of patience was on Christmas morning when I woke up and I had to wait for my parents to come downstairs to open presents. Now, my patience is tested after a big exam and wanting to know how I did, or when I’m waiting in line at the chair lift on the ski mountain.

Although our patience is tested all the time, especially during Christmas, the satisfaction of the end result is greater than having to wait in line, wait for your parents or wait for your exam score. This holiday season St. Joseph reminds us, as students and even our parents, to stay patient, to be present to each other and enjoy the waiting.


A reflection on the virtue of patience from Kathleen Ross', '99, 1C class.

The dictionary definition of patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate a delay. Patience means much more than this. In our lives we use patience throughout the day, at school, at home or on the playground. Here are a few examples of patience:

  • Waiting our turn when getting our lunch in the lunchroom
  • Raising our hand and waiting to be called on in the classroom
  • Letting a younger sister or brother go first or finish before we start something
  • Listening to another's ideas before sharing our own
  • In practicing patience we are also practicing being people for others. Learning to take turns, think of others first, and being willing to wait are ways to show our care and respect for those around us.
  • During this season of Advent, we are asked to wait patiently for the coming of Jesus on Christmas Day. While we wait, we can always ask God for love and strength.


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