Monday, September 12, 2011

On Spiritual Anger

Among spiritual persons there are also those who fall into ... spiritual anger. Through a certain indiscreet zeal they become angry over the sins of others, they reprove these others, and sometimes even feel the impulse to do so angrily, which in fact they occasionally do, setting themselves up as lords of virtue. All such conduct is contrary to spiritual meekness. - St. John of the Cross, Dark Night, Chapter 5:2

I found this thanks to Terry at Abbey-Roads, and I am pondering it's meaning.  What I thought of when I first read it is completely different to what I thought 2 seconds later. 

Any reader of that passage will find it easy to see the reference to others, but what will really knock you for a loop, is that split second when the reader sees himself in the passage.

It just goes to show you that:
Just when I think I am righteous, God finds a way to slap me upside the head.

1 comment:

mary333 said...

Yes, I read it and felt the slap too :) It was a very good post.

Scripture to keep in mind

Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20


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