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That Makes Me Angry!

July 15, 2010 Length: 1:01

St. John Chrysostom on the destructiveness of anger.

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“That makes me so angry!”

You’ve probably said that before, and I know you’ve thought it — we all have. We know anger can be destructive — most of us have said and done awful things because we were angry. But St. John Chrysostom points out that anger is particularly destructive when he says,

For nothing is more grievous than wrath and fierce anger. This renders men both puffed up and servile, by the former making them ridiculous, by the other hateful; and bringing in opposite vices, pride and flattery, at the same time. But if we will cut off the greediness of this passion, we shall be both lowly with exactness, and exalted with safety.

What a thought: if we can get over ourselves, and get over our anger, we’ll be exalted.


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