There Is No Fortitude Like Patience

“There is no evil like hatred. And no fortitude like patience.” —  Santideva, “Bodhicaryavatara”

Sometimes the real news makes us wish for “fake news” or at least happier news.
Today’s news reminds us that no matter how much we pray for it, the world is still not a peace and humans do terrible things to other humans.
Whatever one’s political persuasion we pray that yesterday’s decision by the President will bring an end to the use of chemical weapons and take the world closer to a modicum of peace in the region.
Is there anything we as individuals can do beyond prayer? I’m no expert and would welcome your comments, but hatred and violence are not limited to worlds far away. Everyday our papers are full of acts of hatred and violence in our communities. No wonder why my children don’t subscribe to their local newspapers.
Peace begins with the individual, one heart at a time.
As we pray and search our hearts and minds for a solution in Syria, pray and search your heart and mind for ways to rid yourself and your community of hatred, and for God to grant you patience.
May Peace be with you today, and in the world. W.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. He is also a contributor to The Clyde Fitch Report.

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