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Offline ingenting

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« on: December 11, 2012, 11:00:03 AM »
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  • What do you catholics do when the emotions are rushing through your body and you just can't control it?

    Offline PerEvangelicaDicta

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    « Reply #1 on: December 11, 2012, 11:41:55 AM »
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  • For most of us, crisis (vs. everyday troubles) can be overwhelming, and emotion is so intense and suffocating it seems to prevent us from prayer for consolation.
    What works for me:  I have a painting of Gethsemane/Carl Bloch altarpiece http://www.carlbloch.com/php/artwork.php?artwork=699 near a statue of the Pieta.
    If I place myself in their hands, contemplating their sorrows,  uniting mine with theirs, I'm able to get a grip and put my own suffering in perspective.  Mine always pales in comparison.  
    Also, I'm always reminded of St. John at the Last Supper, resting his head on the Sacred Heart of our Savior.  When I do the same, I'm always, always calmed and comforted.

    The answers don't always come right away,but peace will.


    Offline Marlelar

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    « Reply #2 on: December 12, 2012, 02:09:23 PM »
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  • I pray the Memorare over and over and over...

    Sometimes we just have to let go and let our Lord Jesus Christ and BVM shoulder our burdens for us.

    Marsha

    Offline Incredulous

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    « Reply #3 on: December 12, 2012, 02:45:23 PM »
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  • Hmm... How about taking a couple of St. John's Wort pills and praying the Holy Rosary.
    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi

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    « Reply #4 on: December 12, 2012, 02:56:21 PM »
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  • Pray
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    Offline Nadir

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    « Reply #5 on: December 12, 2012, 03:43:02 PM »
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  • I love PerEvangelicaDicta's answer.

    Along with that I would ask, Do you have any person there that you can talk to about these emotions? It is not good to be alone if you are experiencing such.

    Offline jen51

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    « Reply #6 on: December 12, 2012, 03:47:55 PM »
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  • Praying, as others said, is obviously the first and best thing to do.

    Being a person disposed to emotional whims, I have some rules for myself that I have set in place and try to stick to, though I oftentimes forget.

    If at all possible, try not to make any decisions if you've been overcome by emotion. This of course means that you'll need to distinguish between emotion and reality,, and in the moment sometimes the two are hard to tell apart. If consciously looking for it, it becomes easier in time.

    For the love of all things good and sensible, don't argue or blubber on when you know you're being emotional. It's not becoming, and 90% of the time the only thing it accomplishes is making you look like a fool. If you wish to address someone who has wronged you, to express an opinion on something that really pushes your buttons, etc, think or write it out and keep it in your back pocket for a few days. In a few days, after your thoughts are no longer clouded by emotions, and you reconsider what you wished to say, you may or may not want to proceed. In my case, I generally forget about it, or feel embarrassed by even the thought of someone being on the receiving end of that emotional tirade.

    Those things aren't really helpful for keeping emotions away, but rather preventing them from doing damage.

    When something tips my emotions in a big way I try to stop and consider the source. When I am angry because I feel offended or slighted,  I generally come to the conclusion that to react would be giving into pride. I cross myself, say a Hail Mary and keep my mouth shut, ideally.
    When I am so overcome by grief that I cannot focus on anything else, the question must be asked if grief in that instance merits my full attention. Sometimes it does, and to accept the grief and offer it up can be a pious act of charity. Other times grief can be a good in for the devil to make us focus completely on ourselves and our circumstances, leading to isolation and despair. It's when we're in that spot the Devil can have his way with us.

    I would hate to sound too harsh on emotions, though. Emotions are beautiful because God intended them. I could go on and on about ways in which emotions are good and useful, but since that is not the topic of this thread I will refrain from doing so.Just as anything else that God created, we must humbly pray to understand them and use them correctly, lest they be used to accomplish evil.

    Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation: and to keep one's self unspotted from this world.
    ~James 1:27

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    « Reply #7 on: December 12, 2012, 04:32:25 PM »
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  • I measure my breath, and ask God to make me superior to my feelings. If I do that, generally within a couple minutes I feel calmer.


    Offline copticruiser

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    « Reply #8 on: December 13, 2012, 09:19:50 PM »
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  • Go outside or into a private bathroom yell really loud. Come back inside and continue what your doing.

    Physical release helps alot running is also good. Yelling is easier

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    « Reply #9 on: December 13, 2012, 09:30:18 PM »
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  • The main thing is prayer.
    Secondly, have a resolute will to banish any bad emotions.

    But it must be a sincerely resolute will.

    Pray for unity with the Will of God.

    Pray, and refuse to bargain with temptation.

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    « Reply #10 on: December 13, 2012, 10:38:59 PM »
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  • Pray and repeat the aspiration: Thy Will be done in me, Lord!


     

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