Quench thou the fires of hate and strife,

The wasting fever of the heart;

From perils guard our feeble life,

And to our souls Thy peace impart. – J.H. Newman, Tr. From Latin.

 All of us from time to time are offended or annoyed by others. Our focus when that happens is to not dwell on them or on anything relating to them. We are called to recognize that thoughts like “they ought have treated me better, who do they think they are, or what makes them think they’re better than me” are fuel and kindling for wrath, anger, and hatred. We are better off to put them out of our mind.

We recognize that such emotions are symptoms of impatience, and work to  develop instead — an aura of gentleness especially toward those who vex us the most. God is always present to aid us in our efforts.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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