Do you struggle with anger? It is very likely that most, if not all, of us struggle with anger. In this episode, Dr. Sri takes on this struggle and offers practical tips from the saints on how to grow in control of our anger.
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“Fresh wounds are the quickest healed.”
-St. Francis de Sales
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What is anger? Anger equals a desire to punish. However, this desire is not a desire for rage or revenge. It is a desire to set things right. Anger might be remedial or for the protection of others. There is “good anger” which is when we are angry about the right things in the right way. However, there is also “unreasonable patience” which is when we are not angry when we should be.
Anger can be sinful when we are angry about the wrong things or we are angry in the wrong ways. An example of being angry about the wrong thing could be anger of someone else getting a promotion or maybe getting angry about a child spilling their sippy cup. Responding in the wrong way could look like rage or a certain tone of voice or certain thoughts.
Roots of Anger
- Desire to control
- Wounds from past
5 Practical Tips if You Struggle with Anger (from St. Francis De Sales)
- It is better to live without anger than try to moderate it.
- Do not dialogue with your anger.
- Pray: Call out to God for help. Try to say prayer calmly and peacefully.
- If you fall into sinful anger, try to correct fault right away. “Fresh wounds are quickest healed.”
- Live virtue at home and not just in public.
First, parents should punish children when they are not behaving – out of LOVE! True love means that we desire what is best for the person we love. What is best is virtue because it leads to true happiness. Sometimes as parents we can struggle to discipline because we want to be liked. It can also take a lot of effort! Perhaps, we are trying to talk with friends or cook dinner or take care of another child, but we cannot ignore our children’s bad behavior. Love calls us to respond and to teach our children.
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Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, well-known Catholic speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His work with Ascension includes study programs such as A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion and Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Several of Dr. Sri’s programs were filmed on-site in the Holy Land, and feature immersive video explorations of the sacred sites where Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles lived and died.
Dr. Sri is the host of the acclaimed Ascension podcast All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri. Together with Curtis Martin, Dr. Sri is a founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), of which he serves as senior vice president of Apostolic Outreach.
Dr. Sri lives with his wife Beth and their children in Colorado.