Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. In a world that increases the speed at which things happen, this may be an important gift to claim and let God nurture within us. How frustrating it is when we’re caught up in traffic or when our computers don’t respond as quickly as we think they should! Think about the daily frustrations that “try your patience.” There is a classic spiritual work that explores the idea of practicing God’s presence. It tells of a brother in a monastery who saw even the most menial tasks as opportunities for acknowledging God’s presence and serving God. A few years ago, someone suggested red lights offered a time, in the midst of traffic, to focus on God’s presence (eyes open). Time is a gift of God. Each moment is sacred because God is present with us.