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Let us be extremely patient

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 by Marianne Elliott

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I was searching online for a Wendell Berry quote about community that had been referred to in a Dharma talk I listened to on my iPod as I walked along the beach yesterday, basking in the rare winter sun. Instead I found this, from Mother Teresa:

Keep in mind that our community is not composed of those who are
already saints, but of those who are trying to become saints. Therefore
let us be extremely patient with each other's faults and failures.

Point taken. She may be a controversial figure in some circles but she got that much right. Let us be extremely patient.

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6 Responses to "Let us be extremely patient"

  1. Fascinating glimpse into the discriminating mind. Maezumi would say, “Do your work, then set it down. Let others praise or blame.”

  2. Andi says:

    Thanks for the reminder! It’s the most difficult virtue for me to grasp. AND I was having an especially difficult time with it today and you’ve put things in perspective for me. 🙂

  3. sassy says:

    That is a great quote. Oh, and I’m probably really dense, but I didn’t realize how controversial Mother Teresa was… watched some of those videos, and uh, thought a lot about it afterward.
    There really isn’t any black and white in our grown-up world, is there?

  4. susanna says:

    Hmmm…I didn’t know that Mother Teresa was a controversial figure, either. It’s interesting to hear another’s point of view about her. But yes, that it a good quote.

  5. Imohena says:

    Patience. Key word for me at the moment. Patience.

  6. Paris Parfait says:

    Yes, but easier said than done sometimes. 🙂 xo

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