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Be Angry But Sin Not – As Seen in a Commercial

October 20, 2017 6 Comments
Be Angry But Sin Not – As Seen in a Commercial

One of the most basic human passions is anger. Not all anger is sinful, however. One way different types of anger can be distinguished is by their object. If the object of the anger is appropriate (e.g., injustice), then anger is an appropriate response. In the case of reacting to injustice, anger is like an […]

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A Spiritual Danger, as Seen in the Book of Jonah

October 12, 2017 2 Comments
A Spiritual Danger, as Seen in the Book of Jonah

As we continue to read the story of Jonah at daily Mass, for Wednesday of the 27th Week we ponder a significant spiritual danger. Most of us struggle to some degree over God’s patience and clemency. Certainly, we want God to be patient and merciful with us, but we don’t want Him to be patient […]

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Is Anger Always a Sin?

August 29, 2017 4 Comments
Is Anger Always a Sin?

In the Gospel for Wednesday of the 21st week of the year, we see Jesus make some pretty angry denunciations of the religious leaders of His day. In fact, throughout the Gospels Jesus manifests quite a lot of anger and issues many denunciations, often accompanied by the phrase, “Woe to you!” In this way, He […]

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Is Anger Always a Sin?

October 13, 2013 25 Comments
Is Anger Always a Sin?

Some one wrote in the following question: How would you respond to a someone who (in Zen like fashion) states that anger is always counterproductive? Is anger always a sin? The simple answer is “No, anger is not always a sin.” In fact, in some situations anger is the appropriate response. If anger were always […]

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A Reflection on the Passion of Anger and the "Miserable Truce" of the Modern Age

May 28, 2013 38 Comments

We live in a culture that tends to treat anger as a taboo. One common tactic to unsettle an opponent is to accuse them of being angry. It is amazing how easily humiliated and defensive one can make an opponent by using this tactic. Yes, it is amazing how quickly the one accused of “anger” […]

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Is Anger Always a Sin?

October 12, 2010 38 Comments

Some one wrote in the following question: How would you respond to a someone who (in Zen like fashion) states that anger is always counterproductive?  Is anger always a sin? The simple answer is “No, anger is not always a sin.” In fact, in some situations anger is the appropriate response. If anger were always a […]

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Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say, But Don’t Say It Mean

March 26, 2010 37 Comments

I’ll admit that I struggle with the concept of “civility.” I keep it as a very firm rule for myself. I try to be clear but also charitable in what I say. I also try to avoid “ad hominem attacks” which are  attacks on the person rather than the argument. I also try to avoid […]

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What is the Wrath of God?

February 4, 2010 34 Comments

Not long ago I saw a bottle of hot sauce with the creative name “Wrath of God!” Now that’s gotta be some hot sauce! But what is God’s wrath? It is spoken of often in the scriptures and it is a concept with which we have to be careful. On the one hand we cannot simply […]

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