Emotions aren't bad
Emotions are not bad. I just never knew that.
For the past several years, I have been striving to go to confession every week. That might sound very excessive to some, but I do it to "clean the dust in my room" for Christ in the Eucharist. What I have also found is that it has helped me uncover different things I needed to work on overtime. I also do my best to stick with the same confessor so that I could be more accountable in this way.
For a period of a few months, I found myself always bringing the "sin of anger" to confession. The priest would listen and later give me some helpful advice. But somehow, it just kept coming back up every confession I was going to.
After a few times, my priest thoughtfully paused and said, "Now, are you angry? Or do you do something hurtful as a result of that anger?". I was confused. Anger wasn't a sin?
The priest then shared with me the following words from St. Paul about anger in his letter to the Ephesians:
""Be angry, and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your wrath." ~ Ephesians 4:26
He then told me that being angry was not a sin. What was a sin, however, was what we did with that anger. If we chose actions that hurt another as a result of the anger, then yes, it was a sin. But that experiencing that emotion was not. It was part of what made us human. Like Sandra explained in yesterday's post, even Jesus Himself felt anger as referenced to in the Scriptures.
And so, since that day, I started tuning more into my emotions and how I would react to them. If I felt myself get angry, I watched more closely how I reacted to those feelings. This has been so helpful and has really changed my approach to emotions.
As Sandra invited you ladies to do so yesterday, I wanted to continue to encourage you to really tune into the moments in your day where you begin to feel angry. Catch yourself if you are about to react in a negative way and instead try to overcome the anger in a way that could bring about fruits that can bring you closer to God.
In prayer and with love, Kasia