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A weed is but an unloved flower

Jesus demonstrates God’s patience when he tells us about waiting for the harvest and letting the weeds grow among the wheat. Often our true potential is not obvious when we are young, inexperienced, learning a new skill or learning about our faith. Everyone we know is naturally at a different stage of development.

The gardeners among us recognise a weed by its leaves and quickly root it out, put it in the compost bin, but sometimes a weed is a beautiful plant. It’s just in the wrong place. We probably wouldn’t want a dog rose in our front garden but for me, its simple beauty and delicate scent make it top of my list of favourite plants.

St Monica gives us a great example of patience – she was married by her parents to a pagan but she persisted through many hardships. Over a great many years keeping her faith and her motherly prayers, amazingly brought about the conversion of St Augustine from a very lively youth to his becoming a Doctor of our church.

Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing”. It waits on the right time to act for the right principles and in the right way.”  Bishop Fulton J Sheen 

   C Rochford






















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