Have you ever been called to do something that you didn’t think you were qualified to do? It is a humbling experience and it takes practice to become proficient at the task. In the same way we are all called to be holy people. We will get there, but it will take time. Some will take more time and require more patience on our part than others. Knowing this may help us to be more compassionate and willing to deal with a difficult person. Much frustration can be avoided when we don’t expect others to progress in holiness at the same rate that we have.
In truth we are all like children, we just grew older. Even as adults, sometimes we just want what we want, and we get angry when we can’t have our way. If we think of everyone else as children, or rather, our children, it will be easier to forgive them. This is beneficial to our cultivation of virtues. It’s hard to imagine Adam and Eve, our first human parents being jealous of, or harboring any malice towards their descendants. God could have started over with another man and woman after Adam and Eve sinned, but it seems as though he intended for us all to be one family.
Whether it is a classmate, a co-worker, a spouse, or someone who wishes to harm you, try to see that person as your child. Then you will love that child unconditionally and seek mercy before justice.