anger boiling beyond control (1)
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O God, I am so angry:
   my small heart is filled
   with as much energy
   as a nuclear power plant,
   and just as dangerous.
I fear the effects of the radiation
   that surely leak outward
   to all living things that surround me,
   invisible energy of destruction
   that leaves in its wake
   the residue of death.
O Merciful One,
   plunge my soul’s raging inferno
   into your cool, purifying water
   to still the savage storm
   that boils beyond control
   with the heat of hell.
Calm my heart by filling it with peace;
   filter all the way into the core,
   to transform its deadly energies
   into creative power,
   into the light of love.
Come, O God,
   for without your help
   the danger to the life-force around me
   may be beyond repair.

Edward Hays, American Catholic Priest


In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

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