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  My Witness

Vol. 16, No. 3, July, 2011

From the Editor
Sr. Jan Nattermann, S.N.C.

Sister Jan The second "A" in PALE GAS stands for anger, another Capital sin. Anger can well up within us and originates from either a real or imagined offense. There is also a righteous anger that arises from seeing God's law being broken. Righteous anger is not a sin as long as it is directed toward the sinful action, not the person. Like when Jesus got angry with the money-changers in the temple. We have to be careful though, because sometimes, just anger can turn into unjust anger and this we don't want.

The Capital sin of anger, however, is different in that it is an unreasoned, passionate response to something or someone whom we perceive to have offended us or who actually offended us. Anger must be subject to the intellect and will--in other words, under our control. Feeding the anger and/or consenting to an outburst is what is a sin and can possibly be a dangerous one. Anger breeds anger. It can develop into hatred, quarrelling, fighting, revenge and even murder. So if anger is not 'nipped in the bud' it can be a serious sin both in itself and because it can lead to hatred and other sinful actions, which in turn can have serious consequences for ourselves and for others.

We need to have a calmness within our souls, humility and acceptance of God's will in our daily lives. When tempted to anger we can ask the Holy Spirit for help and also ask Mary to help us be peaceful and calm like she was.

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