The Importance of Perseverance
Reflection: Matthew 24:13; Romans 5:3–4; James 5:10–11
Without perseverance the soldier does not obtain victory, nor the victor his crown. It lends vigor to the will and perfects all virtues, it is the nurse to merit and the mediator between the battle and the prize. Perseverance is sister to patience, the daughter of constancy, the bosom-friend of peace, the cementer of friendships, the bond of harmony, the bulwark of holiness. Take away perseverance, and obedience loses its reward, well-doing its grace, and fortitude its praise.
Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 – 1153)