International Day for Tolerance Novena: Day 9 | Tolerance & Forbearance
Today, the final day of our novena, is the International Day for Tolerance. Tolerance for others who think or act differently than we do is certainly an important step toward living in peace with one another. As we continue to heal from any spiritual ills we have endured, tolerance is a good thing to strive for.
It is not, however, a stopping point. More than simply tolerating one another, we are called to love our brothers and sisters in Christ. This is a goal for which we must never stop working.
Hopefully, over the course of these nine days of prayer, you have found some peace and understanding for people with whom you most bitterly disagreed. Through continued prayer and cultivation of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, you will grow to love these same people.
We ask God to grant us the fruit of the Spirit, forbearance, so that we may patiently endure wrongs as we continue to grow in love. Together with Bishop Reed, we pray:
In the world, we talk about fostering tolerance. But tolerance isn’t enough. Tolerance is simply allowing something to exist without interfering with it. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, we can bear the fruit of forbearance. Then we don’t just allow one another to exist; we patiently bear with one another in love. We forgive one another.