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Coptic Orthodox Church
Anger and Pride
edited December 1969
can anyone one please guide me whether with just words of advice, or verses from the bible, or with sayings of the fathers, or with anything else you can think of on the 2 topics of
Anger and Pride
thanks and pray for me
About Anger by St John Cassian..
How our fourth conflict is against the sin of anger, and how many evils this passion produces.
IN our fourth combat the deadly poison of anger has to be utterly rooted out from the inmost
comers of our soul. For as long as this remains in our hearts, and blinds with its hurtful darkness
the eye of the soul, we can neither acquire right judgment and discretion, nor gain the insight which
springs from an honest gaze, or ripeness of counsel, nor can we be partakers of life, or retentive of
righteousness, or even have the capacity for spiritual and true light: “for,” says one, “mine eye is
disturbed by reason of anger.” Nor can we become partakers of wisdom, even though we are
considered wise by universal consent, for “anger rests in the bosom of fools.” Nor can we even
attain immortal life, although we are accounted prudent in the opinion of everybody, for “anger
destroys even the prudent.” Nor shall we be able with clear judgment of heart to secure the
controlling power of righteousness, even though we are reckoned perfect and holy in the estimation of all men, for “the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” Nor can we by any
possibility acquire that esteem and honour which is so frequently seen even in worldlings, even
though we are thought noble and honourable through the privileges of birth, because “an angry
man is dishonoured.” Nor again can we secure any ripeness of counsel, even though we appear
to be weighty, and endowed with the utmost knowledge; because “an angry man acts without
counsel.” Nor can we be free from dangerous disturbances, nor be without sin, even though no
sort of disturbances be brought upon us by others; because “a passionate man engenders quarrels,
but an angry man digs up sins.”
There is much more about Anger and Pride in the works of St John Cassian. You can find them here..
There is too much to post here. Start by looking in the Twelve Book of the Institutes.