Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu
02 Jun 2017
Capsule for the Day
In cognitive science, there is a process called emotional reasoning. This process justifies what we feel to be true. For instance, I feel I am a failure therefore I am a failure. But reality is far from what/how we feel. There are many times I don't feel I am a priest, but the reality is I am a priest.
Our emotions aren't 100% proof of who we are. They are only indicators that may be true or false. To rely solely on our feelings is to live a false and unrealistic life. And often, this is the cause of depression. Rick Warren puts it this way "feelings aren't fact; they can be highly unreliable..."
At the same time, there is nothing wrong with feelings, and emotions. Christ Jesus had emotions. There are times when He was impulsively moved with compassion. Emotions become a problem when they replace reality, facts. The truth is there is more to life than what/how we feel.
Fr. Francis Afu