Anger is a feeling, and in itself it is not sinful. It is even possible that anger can spur us on to do something heroic and stand up for those who are being persecuted.
However, it is much easier to let anger consume us, and then our words no longer reflect our Christian faith.
St. Jerome knew this too well, as he was widely known for his excessive anger. He wasn’t proud of his anger and often regretted his words immediately after he said them.
People’s actions could easily set him off, and his debates with other scholars were not pretty.
Why then was St. Jerome canonized a saint, if he was such an angry person, widely known for his hurtful words?
Pope Sixtus V walked past a painting of St. Jerome holding a rock, and commented, “You do well to carry that stone, for without it the Church would never have canonized you.”
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