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Monday, January 11, 2010


When the Psalms describe God’s anger with his people, do we learn something about our own anger?  Psychologists say that anger destroys, and it can.  Anger destroys the angry person as well as others.  But anger can be righteous, if God is angry.  God’s anger must be an expression of love, since God is love.

The distinction between destructive anger and loving anger lies along the path marked by self-righteousness.  Anger filled with self-righteousness in any form will destroy even a good person or a good cause.  Anger directed toward another’s good, anger that is not in any way a form of self-protection, will bring peace and not destruction.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI

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