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Short Catholic Prayers For Patience (Easy, Yet Powerful)

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Hello Mamas, is patience one of your daily life struggles? If so, you’re not alone! This difficult virtue is one of my struggles, too. I already know since then that I am very impatient and that I need God’s help to improve and with two small kids, it’s really very important that I work hard to address my lack of patience.

As a mother, there are a lot of moments in life where patience is required – whether it’s waiting in line at the grocery store, enduring a long wait at the doctor’s office, putting the toys back for the nth time on a single day, cleaning the mess the kids are doing, or simply waiting for something important to happen. Sometimes or most of the time, it can be difficult to find the patience that we need, but thankfully, there are simple prayers that can provide comfort and guidance as we strive for the important virtue of patience.

Here are 10 Catholic prayers that offer inspiration and guidance as we deal with daily annoyances that challenge our patience. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed or just need a little encouragement, we can incorporate one of these prayers into our daily prayers to help us find the strength to persevere.

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10 Short Catholic Prayers for Patience

1. Prayer for Patience

Almighty God, grant me the patience to wait in line, the patience to endure a long wait, and the patience to handle difficult situations with poise. Graciously grant me the strength to go through the motions, even when I don’t feel like it. Amen.

2. Prayer for Comfort

Dear God, please give me the courage to face the challenges of this day head-on. Help me find the comfort that I need to endure them. Give me the strength to be patient, and the courage to face tomorrow. Amen.

3. Prayer for Others to Be Patient with Me

O God, please give the people in my life great deal of patience to understand me and the patience to accept me for who I am. Grant them the strength to see the good in me and to wait for me. Give them the patience to see the change that will come over me, and the patience to remain faithful even when I am not. Amen.

4. Catholic Prayer for Patience

Dear Lord, we come to you today in search of patience. We know that sometimes patience is a virtue that we must practice even when it is difficult. Help us to find the courage to persevere and to remain steadfast in your love. Amen.

5. Prayer for Strength

Dear God, I know that I always need your strength more than anything else. Teach me how to be patient today and the coming days, and to handle difficult situations with grace. Give me the courage to face my fears, and the strength to remain hopeful through all of the trials that I face. Amen.

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6. Prayer for Consolation

Dear Father, please give me the strength to get through this day. Help me to find consolation in your promises and to know that you are always with me. Give me the courage to face tomorrow, and the patience to wait for your perfect plan. Amen.

7. Prayer for Courage

Heavenly Father, I know that I need courage to endure the trials that life throws at me. Please give me the strength to remain steadfast in your love, even when I feel like I can’t take it anymore. Help me to find comfort in your promises, and the courage to take on whatever comes my way. Amen.

8. Prayer for Endurance

Lord Jesus, please help me to have a patient heart and to endure the trials that life throws my way. Give me the strength and good health to persevere and to remain steadfast in your love. Amen.

9. Prayer for More Patience

Holy God, please give me more patience to endure difficult times. Help me to find comfort in your promises and to know that you are always with me. Help me to have the courage to face tomorrow, and a lot of patience to wait for your perfect plan. Amen.

10. Prayer for Patience #2

Holy Father, grant me patience in big things, as well as in little things. Guide me and protect me through all my trials, and help me to face my difficulties with dignity and courage. Help me to see the good in all situations, and to appreciate the patience of those around me. Amen.

How Do I Use The Short Catholic Prayers For Patience?

Answer: Short Catholic Prayers For Patience can be used as a form of comfort, encouragement, and support.

They can be read before or during difficult times, or kept on hand to read when needed, or can be recited first thing in the morning as part of our daily prayers.

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1st page of the Short Catholic Prayers for Patience Free Printable PDF

And as always, we can end our prayer with an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be, or a simple sign of the cross, if we are on time limits.

Free Printable Short Prayers for Patience PDF

Here are the links of the downloadable files for the short prayers for patience and the prayers to St. Monica that you can read below.

Why is Patience Important?

The Catholic Church believes that patience is a key virtue that can help us overcome difficult situations. Patience is seen as a key ingredient in overcoming temptations, maintaining hope in difficult times, and having the strength to persevere. And I believe that I need to be patient to become a better parent and a good example to my kids.

second page of the short catholic prayers for patience free printable PDF
2nd page of the Short Catholic Prayers for Patience Free Printable PDF

How Can I Cultivate Patience in Our Lives?

I am sure there are many ways that we can cultivate patience on our lives. Especially for us mothers, we are presented with different opportunities everyday to become a patient person with our family and in our homes.

Some of them are when the husband just drops the dirty clothes on the floor instead of throwing them into the laundry baskets, kids taking all the toys from the cabinet, kids fighting, kids refusing to eat what you prepared, and many more.

Another sure way to cultivate patience is to pray and ask our Gracious Lord with the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Consolation,  to help us to be more patient.

Choose a prayer or two in the list and recite it daily as part of your prayer routine.

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The Story of St. Monica – A Patron of the Virtue of Patience

St. Monica was a beautiful young woman from Thagaste, North Africa, the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo.

According to history, she struggled with alcoholism during her youth leading her to sneak draughts of wine from the family cellar. She was eventually caught gave up the habit.

She got married to a pagan Roman man named Patricius, who was an official in Thagaste. Though not an entirely bad man, he had a violent temper and was adulterous.

They have 3 children together: two sons, Augustine and Navigius, and a daughter, Perpetua. though Patricius is respectful towards St. Monica, but her alms giving, good deeds, and prayer habits annoyed him.

St. Monica was grieving heavily when St. Augustine, her eldest son,  got sick beccause the kids were unbaptized. St. Monica pleaded to her husband  that the children be baptized, he agreed, only to withdrew the permission when Augustine recovered from the illness.

St. Monica’s happiness from St. Augustine’s recovery turned into sadness because her son spent his new life being wayward. Augustine adapted the Manichaeism religion while studying rhetoric in Carthage. St. Monica drove him away after knowing his involvement to the heretical sects when he came home.

A bishop consoled her with the words “the child of those tears shall never perish”. She offered persistent prayer for the conversion of her husband and her family members, especially for St. Augustine. 

Augustine went secretly to Rome and St. Monica followed him. He already moved to Milan when she arrived in Rome. so, she followed him there.

It was in Milan where she met Saint Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan, who became an instrument for Augustine’s conversion to the Catholic faith after 17 long years of resistance.

St. Monica’s husband was also converted to the Catholic faith shortly before his death. The story of her life is truly a proof that  constant prayer, hard work, tender love, and strong faith can turn a sinner into a great saint! 

We can surely turn to St. Monica for help, especially when our battle with patience gets tougher.

Here’s a beautiful, short prayer to St. Monica that is sourced from CatholicCompany.com.

A Prayer to Saint Monica

Dear Saint Monica, you were once the mournful mother of a prodigal son.

Your faithfulness to prayer brought you and your son so close to God that you are now with him in eternity.

By your intercession and God’s grace, your son St. Augustine became a great and venerable Saint of the Church.

Please take my request to God with the same fervor and persistence with which you prayed for your own son.

(Mention your intentions here)

With your needs, worries and anxieties, you threw yourself on the mercy and providence of God.

Through sorrow and pain, you constantly devoted yourself to God.

Pray for me that I might join you in such a deep faith in God’s goodness and mercy.

Above all, dear Saint Monica, pray for me that I may, like your son, turn from my sin and become a great saint for the glory of God. Amen.

A Prayer to St. Monica Free Printable

My Personal Story of Impatience

As mentioned earlier, I am a very impatient woman. It’s one of my weaknesses that I am not proud of, at all!

My impatience was worst when I was still single. I want people around me to understand what I say right away, or if I’m teaching them something, I want them to learn it right away. What a shame!

Because God wanted me to learn to be patient, even for a bit, He made a lot of “unanswered prayers” for me.

They seem to be unanswered during that time, but later on those prayers came true, but after a long time. For example, I got my working visa here in Spain after five long years, instead of the normal 3 years. Then I got married at 35, when most girls in my village were getting married at their early 20s.

Truly, God wants me to learn patience the hard way and it’s really true that good things come to those who wait or good things are worth waiting for.

But then, I quickly forgot the lessons when I got married and had our firstborn. I found myself constantly getting angry and shouting at my toddler, it made me guilty.

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Thankfully, God gave me a husband, a fellow believer, who is a very patient man. He must be one of the patient men I know of. I learned a lot from him when it comes to handling my impatience towards our toddler (now we have two).

Though I am not yet on my “vision of patience”, but I can confidently say that my patience now has improved a lot compared to before.

I no longer utter words of complain everytime I see dirty clothes on the floor (or maybe I do occasionally, but this is such an improvement because I used to complain every single day when picking up the dirty clothes on the floor), I no longer shout and get angry at the kids very often (i used to shout and get angry everyday that my throat hurts, argggg), and I am now capable of holding my mouth to make negative comments to my husband everytime he does something I don’t like (but not all the time though).

Improvement, though not a big deal for others, but it is for me. My day is happier and calmer when I am patient versus being impatient. I need to make it a daily requirement to pray offer to God my daily little pains of impatience. I still have a very long way to go!

Final Thoughts on Short Catholic Prayers for Patience

I hope that the short prayers for patience will help you in your journey of learning how to be patient. Let’s not forget to ask God’s help to help us with our struggle and ask that He sends the Holy Spirit to enlighten us when we are confronted by situations that can trigger our impatience.


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