Fratelli Tutti 242: Don’t Give In To Anger

242. The important thing is not to fuel anger, which is unhealthy for our own soul and the soul of our people, or to become obsessed with taking revenge and destroying the other. No one achieves inner peace or returns to a normal life in that way.

As it was true for Luke Skywalker, so it works in real life. It is difficult to achieve a personal experience of peace and reconciliation while harboring a simmering heat within. It is also important to recognize what triggers our anger. Is it certain people we associate with? Is it the internet? Can we see when things begin to boil inside and are we able to turn away? Do people have the tools to recognize this and take the interior action needed?

The truth is that “no family, no group of neighbors, no ethnic group, much less a nation, has a future if the force that unites them, brings them together and resolves their differences is vengeance and hatred. We cannot come to terms and unite for the sake of revenge, or treating others with the same violence with which they treated us, or plotting opportunities for retaliation under apparently legal auspices”. [Homily at Mass for the Progress of Peoples, Maputo, Mozambique (6 September 2019): L’Osservatore Romano, 7 September 2019, p. 8] Nothing is gained this way and, in the end, everything is lost.

See the source imageMuch easier said than done. This is why I would assert that our emotional development as a culture lags centuries behind our technological and scientific progress. We can send spacecraft to any planet in our solar system. Our emotional lives have barely invented the wheel.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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