Are you angry? What does your anger feel like? Are you in control of it, or do you allow it to control you?
Since our childhood we have been confronted with one of the 7 deadly sins that is ANGER. Over the years it has been increasing and constantly we are struggling with it. We have confessed to the priests many times, we have tried to battle with it but we have not learned from the past lessons.
What is anger? Anger in itself is a feeling of “displeasure” and it is a desire for revenge. Anger also includes insult, gossip, plotting to harm someone emotionally, tarnish someone’s reputation, aggressive behavior and using hurtful words towards persons. We get angry suddenly if someone cuts you off in traffic, you curse the person for no reason. Or you yell at your spouse or children when something goes wrong. You may scream or attack people on social media for not reporting the injustices.
During this Lenten season, again we confront our deepest anger that has become a hindrance for us to go deeper into experiencing Christ. Therefore, we must learn to abandon this sin, which is sometimes a by-product of our Pride. Anger comes about from the state of the world, injustices, past hurts, bad childhood experiences, chronic pain or illness, hormone issues, habit and many other reasons. If you don’t overcome anger then we shall be walking with it for the rest of our lives.
We battle with our anger whether it be within the family, workplace, church community, or other areas of life. As we walk in this Lenten journey, let us help ourselves by humbly receiving fraternal correction even though it is difficult to confront this ugliness within ourselves. This pain, humiliation, and struggle are necessary, for one day, we shall be able to handle and conquer this negative emotion ourselves.
A regular Confession is essential because it gives us the grace to overcome it. We should have a right mind and control of our emotions. We have to think wisely before we act in a situation that makes us angry. We need to walk away when a situation aggravates us. We need a fervent prayer to overcome anger because God’s grace can truly transform us. We should forgive past hurts and move forward. We cannot blame anyone because we are responsible for how we respond.
It’s time to let the bad stuff go and focus on a new habit this Lenten journey. Remember that forming a new habit is the only way to get rid of an old one. We are made for happiness and we cannot be happy if we are enslaved by anger. Let us search for the peace that outshines all understanding. Let us search out the mind of Christ, who is our Way, our Truth and our Life!