It’s intriguing — what happens, in some cases, when one spells a word backwards.
We’ve often cited the word “evil”: Turn that one around and it’s “live.” There’s “mad:” Reverse that and you get “dam.” (There is “stressed”: in reverse that’s “desserts”!)
All kidding aside: back to “mad.”
“You’re a damn liar.” “B——t.” And of course, the f-word — now fashionable even among politicians. Rage sells! Once in a while, you’ll even hear an off-color word from the pulpit.
Anger is a great deception of our time — sweeping up everyone, it seems, these days, everywhere. Have you noticed the language that’s used all around us — even profanity in the guise of righteous indignation?
At Mass the other day, an elderly (ninety-year-old) priest related a little parable. There was a woman, he said, who exploded in rage when the car in front of her didn’t move fast enough to make a yellow light. She was in a hurry, this woman. So she exploded. She swore. Shouted at the car stopped in front of her. Raised a crude middle finger. Very frustrated.
On her car was a fish symbol, on her license frame was the word “Peace,” and on a bumper-sticker, “Jesus loves.”
A cop happened to be behind her, said the priest, and pulled her over, asking for all her credentials, which she nervously handed over.
After a long while the officer strutted back to her car and told her she finally could go. “It’s just that I thought, after I saw and heard what you did,” he said, referring to the bumper sticker, “that you must have stolen the car.”
It gets us into trouble, does anger. It stymies and taints the spirit.
For it’s true: anger is a block, a hindrance, a dam. It causes things that are negative to build within us. And it’s easy to get “dam mad”: the enemy supplies all the inspiration you need (and then feeds off your anger).
Developing positive thoughts is what purifies and readies us for Heaven (and keeps Satan at a distance).
This is critical in our time: to forgo argument and replace it with prayer, blessing everyone. When we pray for others — for those with whom we disagree, and who may even insult us — we break the spell they otherwise cast upon us (when they successfully elicit negative emotions).
Listen to Scripture, not vitriolic debate.
It is making those who once loved hate.
It is making the devout scornful (and worldly).
It is creating cults of every sort (religious, economic, political).
It is drawing the ensnared to extremes.
It engenders hatred in the guise of righteous indignation.
It has made good seem evil and evil good.
It is very slick, charismatic, bold in its lies.
It has cast a net.
Be careful you not already ensnared in it.
It is arrogant, is the spirit of pride, of Odin. It disdains, and insults. It posits and posts the negative. It has no time to hear anything but what it already thinks it knows.
And it leads to the netherworlds of purgatory.
[resources: A Life of Blessings]