I've heard patience described as the quintessential experience of faith. Faith is learning to wait on God in the midst of doubt.
I've heard patience described as the quintessential act of love and kindness, managing our irritations and our hurry to be attentive and gentle with each other.
I've heard patience described as the quintessential aspect of peace and non-violence as we refrain from using power to make things "work out right" right here and right now. Peace requires a patient, eschatological hope.
Patience, it seems, sits at the root of many, many things.
Things like faith, hope, and love.
--an unpublished post about the virtue of patience