(The Dark Night, book I: chapter 5)
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall
inherit the earth." (7)
"But now put them all away: anger,
malice, slander, and foul talk from
mouth…Put on then, as God's chosen
holy and beloved, compassion, kindness,
meekness, and patience, forbearing
and, if one has a complaint against
forgiving each other; as the Lord has
you, so you also must forgive. And
all these put on love, which binds
together in perfect harmony. And let
peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
indeed you were called in the one body.
be thankful." (8)
Fruit of Frustration
The anger of the beginner
Spawns from a sense of dejection,
Impatience with self as sinner,
And dryness-fueled frustration.
Judging her self without mercy,
She loses touch with what is true;
And thwarting growth of real virtue.
She asks for the grace of meekness:
To shield her from her heart's tirade;
To yield patience from her weakness;
To end her ungodly charade.
The night will yield meekness anew,
With patience that will persevere;
Loving mercy will then shine through,
As hurt and anger disappear.
The night reveals her at her worst;
Trials conquer resentment first.
May the Spirit provide an abundance of grace
to strengthen our patience that we may persevere
through the night with peace.
7. Matthew 5:5
8. Colossians 3:8,12-15
(c) Paul Buis, 2004