#44: Anger (Deadly Sin Series 2 of 7)

Today’s episode on anger is the second in a seven part series on the seven deadly sins.

Saint Quote of the Week

“Anger resembles fire; hence, as fire is vehement in its action, and, by the smoke which it produces, obstructs the view, so anger makes men rush into a thousand excesses, and prevents them from seeing the sinfulness of their conduct, and thus exposes them to the danger of the judgment of eternal death. “Whosoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment.” Anger is so pernicious to man that it even disfigures his countenance. No matter how comely and gentle he may be, he shall, as often as he yields to the passion of anger, appear to be a monster and a wild beast full of terror…….But, if anger disfigures us before men, how much more deformed will it render us in the eyes of God!” – St. Alphonsus Liguori (Sermon Fifth Sunday After Pentecost; On the Sin of Anger)


Recommended Reading

Victory Over Vice by Venerable Fulton Sheen
Chapter 1 of this book is on anger

Sermon Fifth Sunday After Pentecost; On the Sin of Anger by St. Alphonsus Liguori

Summa I-II, Q. 46 (Anger, in itself)
Summa II-II, Q. 158 (Anger)


Challenge of the Week

Find a quiet room in the house (no noise, TV, or cell phones), light some candles and prayerfully meditate. Perhaps read Scripture or listen to some beautiful chant from St. John Cantius Church in Chicago. In other words, RELAX. Start your day this way and see if it helps your temperament and reduce your anger.


Dinner Table Questions

1. Do you ever lose your temper? What are the primary triggers that set off your anger? Are you able to reduce or eliminate those triggers?
2. Do you see a correlation between taking care of your body and being able to control your anger? Do you think that lack of sleep, not eating well, or working too much causes you to be more prone to anger?
3. What would be a good example of righteous anger?


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