This is a great study session where we will explore one deadly sin and one lively virtue per session. Coming to these sessions is based on the availability of the participant and can be attended as the participants schedules permits.
Sessions will be held in John XXIII room.
Because hurt is everywhere, anger is everywhere. Scripture tells us “Be angry but do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26). This surprising advice from St. Paul points to the truth about anger: namely that it is a normal part of human existence (like hunger) and that it is not sinful except when taken to excess. St. Thomas describes the sin of anger as an unreasonable, irrational, and immoderate desire for vengeance. Given our fallen condition, this is quite common. When somebody hurts us, we don’t want mere justice that responds in equal measure to the sin we have suffered. We want overwhelming retaliation that destroys our enemy. This is why, for instance, the law of Moses finds it necessary to prescribe “eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe” (Exodus 21: 24-25). It’s not becuase ancient Israelites were barbarians radically different from us. It’s because they were barbarians just like us who would, if they could, render an arm and a leg for a foot, a life for an eye, a life for a life, a life for a wound. The law of Moses was given in order to rein in our thirst to up the ante in the cycle of violence. But it was more than the law of Moses could do to break that cycle. Only Jesus can wash away the sin of the world by letting it spend itself on him and then swallowing it up in mercy. We must do likewise.