Anger no, Patience yes!

Good morning students!
 Today during this season of Lent, we see in the gospel, that Jesus teaches us about one of the 10 Commandments.  The 5th commandment. What is the 5th?  Thou shall not kill.  

So, I hope no one here has killed anyone; but Jesus tells us that it means more than just not killing.  He says that it means also, that we should not be angry at another person.  ‘I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.’  

Anger is one of the 7 deadly sins.  When we get angry, we can allow our passions to get control of us, and then we are like a crazy person.  Caught up in the passion of anger, we become a puppet for the devil. The angry person lashes out with words or actions which hurt others. His face swells up like a red blow-fish, and in anger, the devil fills his heart up with pride.   

Anger is very disturbing to our guardian angel. St. Remigius never was angry. He said, I know that my guardian angel is at my side, and I do not want to make him sad.’
 
Things can get us angry. We wanted to buy a new DVD, but dad says not today.  We become fuming mad, because we don’t get our way.   

We can’t figure out how to do a math problem; we have tried everything, we are frustrated, we get MAD! And when we go to the kitchen, mom says, ‘have a cookie dear’ and we yell ‘I don’t want a cookie!’ – because we are mad. Well, anger makes us hurt the feelings of others, and do things that we regret.   

For some people, anger leads them to want revenge. Another girl wins the soccer ball in the raffle, and we get mad because we wanted it! So our anger makes us get back at her, and then we get in trouble and are grounded – it is difficult to apologize to her, and then we have to say it in confession.  None of that would happen if we hadn’t allowed our anger to control us.  

Some people, when they get angry at someone, they stop speaking to them.  I knew one girl who got mad at her brother, and didn’t speak to him for 4 years! It made everyone very sad. Anger can really cause terrible problems.   

So how do we overcome our anger? Well, when St. Francis de Sales was young, he easily got angry.  But he asked God to help him overcome it; every time he felt angry, he would try to be extra patient.  And he got really good at this: when he felt anger coming,  he would be very, very patient.  Well, soon, he had a good habit of being patient,  and as he grew up, people found him to be always very patient and kind. That is how he became a saint!   

If we have a problem getting angry, then Lent is a great time to work on our patience. St. Francis de Sales did it, and he became perfectly calm,  no anger at all – if he can do it, we can do it.    

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