Controlling our Emotions

Our first common ancestors, Adam and Eve, were granted the gift of emotions by God himself. Happiness, Sadness, Anger, Frustration, Joy, etc. Of these emotions,  seven of them are the deadliest sins also known as the Capital Vices/ Cardinal Sins: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and the most dangerous of all, PRIDE.

We use our emotions to express happiness and relief that we are God’s People as Christians. But many use the bad emotions which often leads to conflict. In times of old, our ancestors waged wars on each other, out of Pride, Revenge and Greed with the desire of the riches of particular lands/ cities.

Even in our modern time, we still cause hurt to each other because we cannot control our emotions. The latest conflict that caused thousands of deaths, most of them civilians, is the War Against Terror in the Middle East. Though it was called a justified war, to flush out the Islamic Extremists and to avenge the people who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, many people, both on United Nations’ and Taliban’s/ Al-Qaeda’s sides, died. The war is still going on. All this happened because the world wanted revenge for the souls extinguished during the attacks.

However it is not only in a war that we see such violence against mankind. Through our emotions, we can become the terrible person none of our family or friends would wish to get to know. Imagine a world full of conflicts. It reminds me of Star Wars: Fighting over the conquest of one planet or Destroying a Planet/ Nation.

In my own life, when I am enraged, I  become a person that would be strange even to my parents and closest friends. That angry person I become would be violent and rather vulgar even. Thank God that I have the gift of forgiveness when someone displeases me.

The moral of this article, brothers and sisters, is to use our emotions wisely, not rashly. Rash decisions leads to terrible outcomes.

Let us pray: Father, grant us the wisdom and grace to use good emotions to give glory to you and to be kind to others. Give us also the gift of forgiveness that we will do our best not to use our bad emotions such as anger to harm anybody. You are the peace that the world cannot give, Grant Us Peace, Amen!!”

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