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[COMMENT: Some super commentaries on the subject of
anger.... E. Fox]
|Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. - Ephesians 4:26-27|
|A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how
to be good. - Henry Ward Beecher
One Sins By Not Becoming Duly Irate
The liberal myth spreads that a man should never become irate; he should always be mild-mannered and unruffled. This is not, however, the teaching of the Church. St. John Chrysostom and St. Thomas Aquinas explain that it is not only good, but also necessary to become irate for a due cause. Doing this, a man acts according to reason, not passion. If he fails to be irate before evil and punish it as it should be punished, then he sins.
St. John Chrysostom
Only the person who becomes irate without reason, sins. Whoever becomes
irate for a just reason is not guilty. Because, if ire were lacking, the
science of God would not progress, judgments would not be sound, and crimes
would not be repressed.
St. Thomas Aquinas
Ire may be understood in two ways.
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