Pope Francis on Gossip

Gossip is one of the forms of the Culture of Complaint. Often it is also a form of the hermeneutic of subtraction, chipping away at the peace and unity of the
Body. Pope Francis condemns gossip here.

Every day that I get the urge to say something that sows discord and division, to say bad things about another person… Bite your tongue!  I can assure you. If you do this and bite your tongue instead of sowing discord, the first few times the wound will cause your tongue to swell because the devil helps us do this because that’s his work, his job: to divide.

Therefore, my final prayer:

Lord, you gave your life,
give me the grace
to bring peace and reconciliation.
You shed your blood,
but what does it matter to me
if my tongue gets swollen
if I bite it before speaking badly about other people.

About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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