Love is not Prone to Anger
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Those who Love Jesus Christ, are not Prone-to Anger. What 'Controls'
their Reaction-to the Contradictions in-Life, is the Virtue-of-Meekness, which was
Treated-in Chapter II, under the Aspect-of Kindness. However, since
Meekness is a Virtue that 'Demands' constant-Practice,
it will be Considered-here, even more-Thoroughly.
Humility and Meekness, were the Favorite
Virtues of Jesus Christ, which is why He told
His Disciples: "Take up My Yoke upon you, and Learn-of Me, because I am Meek, and Humble of Heart: and you shall
find Rest to your Souls" - Matthew 11:29. The entire Life-of Jesus Christ is an Example-of
Meekness. But this is especially-True during His
Passion; While-on the Cross, He 'Begged'
His Eternal Father: "Father, Forgive them, for they Know-not, what they do" - Luke 23:34.
How Dear-to Jesus Christ, are those Persons who, in Suffering Injury and
Insult, and even Persecution, are not
Irritated-by those, who Oppress them. This is why God is always Ready
to-Hear the Prayer-of the Meek: "Blessed are the Meek:
for they shall Possess the Land" - Matthew 5:4.
The Saints do not Resent, those who Treat them with Contempt; in fact,
they Love them even-more. And the Lord, in-turn, 'Gives' them
Interior Peace. The Proud, on-the-other-hand, are always
Vindictive, because they have a High Opinion-of their own Worth, and 'Think' that they deserve Honor, in-proportion-to their
Saint Paul wrote-to the Philippians: "And the Peace-of-God, which Surpasseth all Understanding, keep your Hearts and Minds in
Christ Jesus" - Philippians 4:7. Those who Love Jesus Christ, easily Find this
Peace, even in the midst-of Contempt, because they are Completely United
(1) to the Will-of-God. Accepting all Circumstances, with equal
Peace-of-Mind, they 'Enjoy' a Treasure, more Priceless-than the Whole World.
To 'Remain' United (1)-with Jesus Christ, we must 'Abide' in
Peace, even in the Midst-of the Contradictions, we Encounter-in our Daily Lives.
The Lord can not Live-in a Troubled
Heart. Listen, then, to the Beautiful Lesson given-on this Subject, by the Master-of Meekness,
Saint-Francis-de-Sales: "Never Open the Door to Anger, for any Reason, because once it gains Admittance, it is no-Longer in our
Power, to-'Close' the Door". Here are Three (3) Ways to 'Avoid'
'Divert' your Mind to something-else, Immediately.
'Imitate' the Apostles, when they 'Experienced' the Storm at-Sea, and
Turn-to God, Who will 'Restore' your
'Struggle' to-Regain your Composure, and then 'Resolve' to be Kind-toward
the Person, who has Irritated you.
Anger 'Remains' a Long Time, in the Hearts-of those who have little
Love for God. But, if it happens-to Enter the
Heart-of one who really Loves Jesus Christ,
it is Quickly 'Extinguished'. Those who Freely Love the
Redeemer, never Surrender-to Quick-Temper, since they 'Want' only what
God 'Wants'; they have everything they could possibly Desire, and so they always 'Remain'
Sensibly Calm. The Divine Will is their Tranquilizer, in every
Difficulty that Arises, enabling them to 'Practice' Meekness, toward everyone they
meet. But we Know by-experience, that we cannot Grow-in Gentleness toward Others, unless we
First (1st) 'Increase' the Tenderness-of our Love, for
Prayer and Practicality
Now, since we cannot always 'Experience' this Tenderness, we must Prepare ourselves, in our
Prayer, to 'Bear' the Crosses, that we will 'Encounter'. The Saints did so,
and thus they were Prepared-to 'Accept' Patiently, Injury and
Contempt. When we are Insulted, unless we have
Disciplined ourselves Beforehand, we will find it extremely-Difficult
to-Avoid, Yielding-to-Anger. On the Spur-of the Moment,
Anger will make it seem-Logical, to-Give a Cutting Answer, to the Person who
Insults us. But, as Saint-John-Chrysostom reminds us: "One Fire, does not Put-out Another".
Still, as we all know, there are Times when it seems Absolutely necessary-to 'Answer'
Insolence, with Severity. Occasions do 'Occur', when we may Resort-to Righteous Anger. But this, we
must 'Remember': It may sometimes be-Expedient ─ Speculatively Speaking
─ to-Answer someone Severely; but in-Practice, it is very
Difficult to-'Do'-so, without some Fault, on our Part.
We should take Great Care, to-Practice Meekness, especially when we are 'Corrected', either by those who
hold-Authority over us, or by our Friends. Saint-Francis-de-Sales writes: "To Receive a Correction Cheerfully, Proves that we
Love the Virtue, in-which we have Failed. And, consequently, this is an Indication-of Growth-in-Holiness". We should even 'Practice'
Meekness toward ourselves, in this case. Anger at ourselves, is a
Deceit-of the Devil, to make us think that it is somehow
Virtuous, to Act in this way, after we have Committed a Fault.
Gentleness is even more-Important, when we must 'Correct' others. Corrections made
in-Anger, often do more Harm than Good,
especially when the Person 'Corrected', is also 'Excited'. In such a Case, the Correction should be Postponed. If we 'Correct' others, when we are
Angry ourselves, our Correction will always be Mixed-with Harshness, and the
Person being 'Corrected' will, consequently, 'Ignore' our Admonition.
We must 'Prove' how-Dearly we Love Jesus Christ, by Meekly and
Gladly, 'Accepting' every Kind-of Injury and
O my God, make me a Saint"
Saint Alphonsus Mary Liguori
My Redeemer, Your Example Teaches those who Love You, that Contempt-from others is something
to be Desired. I Promise you, from now on, to Submit-to every Insult - out of Love for You. Give me the Strength to-keep this Promise.
Help me to Know and Carry-out what You Desire-from me.
My God and my All, I Desire no other Good, but You. Give me the Grace to-Wish only to Please You.
Help me to-Avoid whatever might Offend You, and Seek whatever gives You Pleasure. Save me from Everything, that might Distract me from Your Love.
I Consecrate my Free Will, entirely-to Your Good Will.
I Love You, O Incarnate Word; I Love You more-than myself. Have Pity on me, and Heal the Wounds of my
Poor Soul, for I have been Unfaithful to Your Love. I Surrender myself into Your Arms, O my Jesus. I want to Suffer everything, in Your Love.
I Seek only Your Love.
Holy Virgin and my Mother Mary, I Love you and I Rely-on you.
Intercede for me, with your Divine Son.