Thought for the Day – 11 November – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
“Our wounded feelings sometimes give rise to an external explosion in the form of bitter and offensive remarks.
These always create disharmony and have various unfortunate after-effects.
It is fatal to lose control over ourselves.
A man who has surrendered to anger and resentment, does not weigh his words and is not responsible for his actions.
When the fit has passed, he is left with a sense of humiliation because of his lack of moderation and must suffer the consequences, both before God and before his fellowmen in his domestic and social enviroment.
“When the angry man has calmed down,” Seneca truly observed, “he is angry with himself.”
“Let anger be foreign to us,” said Cicero, “for an angry man is incapable of acting correctly, or prudently. Anything which is done, in a state of agitation, cannot be done properly, nor can it meet with the approval of the bystanders” (De Officiis I, 38).
Let us meditate also on these apt quotations from Sacred Scripture.
“A mild answer calms wrath but a harsh word, stirs up anger” (Prov 15:1).
“An ill-tempered man, stirs up strife but a patient man allays discord” (Prov 15:18).”