Anger Management Infused With Faith. Ronda Chervin on Ways to Gain Peace
HARDY, Arizona, JULY 6, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Anger problems often can stifle growth in the life of virtue, preventing the peace that Jesus promises.
So says Ronda Chervin, professor of philosophy at the College of Our Lady of Corpus Christi and author of "Taming the Lion Within: 5 Steps from Anger to Peace" (Caf? Press/FrancisIsidore).
Chervin shared with ZENIT how a self-help group and a strong faith life helped her heal -- and how others with tempers can move from anger to peace.
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
Chervin: Many devout Catholics have problems with anger.
We overreact when we are right, or burst out peevishly when we are frustrated or hold onto unforgiving resentment when we have been hurt -- not forgiving our debtors.
We also try to avoid engaging in the sarcastic ridicule that Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:22 can land us in hell. In spite of our efforts, our progress toward Christian virtues such as meekness and peacefulness is slow, if at all.