Anger is often times a two edge sword that man falls on when he is wielding it. St. Paul said “Be angry: and sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Give not place to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26-27)
St. Paul describes being angry with the sin, not the sinner, be angry at the sin, not the creature that committed the sin. If we become angry with the one who sinned, we could be guilty of sinful anger.
In his book The Sinner’s Guide, The Venerable Louis of Granada says:
ANGER is an inordinate desire of revenge. Against this vice the Apostle strongly speaks: “Let all bitterness and anger, and indignation and clamor, and blasphemy be put away from you, with all malice. And’ be ye kind one to another, merciful, forgiving one another, even as God hath forgiven you in Christ.”
The Venerable Louis of Granada argues that even in the animal kingdom
“that even beasts live at peace with their kind. One lion is rarely known to attack another, neither will a tiger devour one of his kind.”
“Yes, even the infernal spirits, the first authors of all discord, are united in a common purpose — the perversion of mankind”
Venerable Louis of Granada offers several remedies against anger and hatred.
Reflect, then, how contrary to your rightful nature it is to seek to be revenged upon one of your kind, to return evil for evil, particularly by making use of weapons which nature has denied you.
If it be hard to subdue your anger, excited by an injury from one of your fellow-creatures, consider how much more God has borne from you and how much He has endured for you. Were you not His enemy when He shed the last drop of His blood for you? And behold with what sweetness and patience He bears with your daily offences against Him, and with what mercy and tenderness He receives you when you return to Him.
Venerable Louis of Granada finally adds:
In endeavoring to be revenged upon a fellow-creature you are often disappointed and vanquished by anger itself. But if you overcome your passion you gain a more glorious victory than he who conquers a city.
Let us pray to not fall into sinful anger and pray for the spiritual protection to “Be angry: and sin not.” (Ephesians 4:26).
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