Patience is necessary in this life because so much of life is fraught with adversity. No matter how hard we try, our lives will never be without strife and grief. Thus, we should not strive for a peace that is without temptation, or for a life that never feels adversity. Peace is not found by escaping temptations, but by being tried by them. We will have discovered peace when we have been tried and come through the trial of temptation.
(Thomas ‘a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, found in, Flowers Along the Path, p. 25, by Esther Carls Dodgen)6 January 2016