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Wrath. (Art by Thiago Lehmann)

Wrath is one of the Seven Deadly Sins and the embodiment of anger and rage. If left uncontrolled it leads to violence, hatred, self-destructiveness, and bloodthirst. Satan is the more well-known for embodying this sin given his hatred towards humanity. The corresponding virtue is Patience.

Description

In its purest form, wrath presents with injury, violence, and hate that may provoke feuds that can go on for centuries. Wrath may persist long after the person who did another a grievous wrong is dead. Feelings of wrath can manifest in different ways, including impatience, hateful misanthropy, revenge, and self-destructive behavior, such as drug abuse or suicide.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the neutral act of anger becomes the sin of wrath when it is directed against an innocent person, when it is unduly strong or long-lasting, or when it desires excessive punishment. "If anger reaches the point of a deliberate desire to kill or seriously wound a neighbor, it is gravely against charity; it is a mortal sin." Hatred is the sin of desiring that someone else may suffer misfortune or evil, and is a mortal sin when one desires grave harm.

Entities of Wrath

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