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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Daily Bible Reflections - June14, 2012

“Whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.” – Matthew 5:22
In my family, expressing one’s anger is not an ordinary thing. We were raised up in a gentle environment. So it’s no wonder that we all grew up soft-spoken.
But anger is a human emotion that visits us now and then. I had (and still have) my own share, and like bombs they explode when I try to keep it to myself for long.
Once, I had a difficult group mate in a class project. I was supposed to be the leader and had to facilitate the completion of the project. But her behavior was not helping the group — she’d come late or not at all to our meetings, and when she did, she’d question everything.
It came to the point that I could no longer contain my anger and I exploded. She was shocked, as was the rest of the group. I, too, was shocked that I could be that angry.
It was a most excruciating weekend for me. I couldn’t eat and sleep well. But thank God, at that time I had friends who helped me process my feelings. And thank God, too, we were in a retreat setting that weekend and I had time to confess it. Most of all, I was able to say, “Peace!” to the object of my anger. Tess V. Atienza (svp_tvatienza@yahoo.com)
How do you handle your anger?
Lord, teach me how to handle the negative emotions in my life. Grant me patience, gentleness and compassion.
St. Albert Chmielowski, pray for us.

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