When you begin to feel strong feelings of anger against your neighbor, try this.
There are times in our lives when our anger can reach an unhealthy level, breading severe hatred against a person who has wronged us in some way. This is not the Gospel way of life, and Jesus used strong words against such harmful thoughts, “But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment” (Matthew 5:22).
The good news is that with God’s grace, we can overcome our anger and practice charity, even when we are tempted to strike out in rage.
Venerable Louis of Granada, a Dominican priest of the 16th century, gave his advice in a book rightly called The Sinner’s Guide. In it, he gives a step-by-step plan for sinners who want to start practicing virtue and be released from their slavery to sin.
Here are a few tips he gave to help redirect your hatred and foster the virtue of charity.