Avoiding Gossip
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Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus message emphasized the importance of avoiding all forms of slander in living a Christian life.

“It’s so rotten, gossip. At the beginning, it seems to be something enjoyable and fun, like a piece of candy.  But at the end, it fills the heart with bitterness and also poisons us,” Pope Francis said Feb. 16.

“I tell you the truth,” he preached to the crowds filling St. Peter’s Square. “I am convinced that if each one of us would purposely avoid gossip, at the end, we would become a saint! It’s a beautiful path!”

“Do we want to become saints? Yes or no?” he queried as the crowds replied, “yes!”

“Yes? Do we want to live attached to gossip as a habit?” Pope Francis continued, “Yes or no? No? Ok, so we are in agreement! No gossip!”

The Gospel reading at Sunday’s Mass contained the story of Jesus explaining to the disciples that he had come “not to abolish, but to fulfill the law” of the old covenant.

Jesus offers the example of the fifth commandment, “do not kill,” and goes on to add, “but I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be guilty before the court.”

“With this, Jesus reminds us that even words can kill!” explained the Pope. “When it is said that someone has the ‘tongue of a serpent,’ what does it mean? That his words kill.”

“Therefore, not only must one not make an attempt on the life of others, but one must not even pour on him the poison of anger and hit him with slander, nor speak ill of him. And here we arrive at gossip. Gossip can also kill, because it kills the reputation of the person,” stressed the Pontiff.

Jesus proposes another way to his followers, “the perfection of love: a love in which the only measure is not to measure, but to go beyond all calculating.”

This Christian path of loving one’s neighbor is “so fundamental that Jesus comes to say that our relationship with God can not be honest if we do not want to make peace with our neighbor.”

“We are called to reconcile with our brothers prior to showing our devotion to the Lord in prayer,” said Pope Francis, noting Jesus’ words to his disciples, “if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother.”

The Pope then summarized, “from all of this, one understands that Jesus does not give importance simply to disciplinary observance and exterior conduct. He goes to the root of the law, focusing above all on the intention and then on the human heart, from where our good or bad actions originate.”

“Good and honest behavior”, he said, does not come merely from “juridical norms” but rather requires “profound motivation, expressions of a hidden wisdom, the Wisdom of God, which can be received by the grace of the Holy Spirit.”

It is Holy Spirit who “renders us capable of living divine love” and following “the greatest commandment: love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.”

Pope Francis then led the crowds in the Angelus prayer and greeted the various pilgrim groups present before wishing everyone a “good Sunday and a good lunch.”

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/g...ists-pope/
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#2
Strange he is so against gossip since he is the first one to criticize others and call people long winded names...
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(02-18-2014, 12:34 PM)winoblue1 Wrote: Strange he is so against gossip since he is the first one to criticize others and call people long winded names...
Stop gossiping please.
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(02-18-2014, 12:34 PM)winoblue1 Wrote: Strange he is so against gossip since he is the first one to criticize others and call people long winded names...

Because trads never do that to the people who go to the NO.
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(02-18-2014, 12:34 PM)winoblue1 Wrote: Strange he is so against gossip since he is the first one to criticize others and call people long winded names...
He is the pope. Sometimes he has to criticize others.
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(02-18-2014, 09:25 PM)Gabriel Serafin Wrote:
(02-18-2014, 12:34 PM)winoblue1 Wrote: Strange he is so against gossip since he is the first one to criticize others and call people long winded names...
Stop gossiping please.

. :chleader:
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#7
I'm going to try and avoid speaking evil with my tongue. Gossiping is something I'm guilty of in the workplace. We have an annoying character in our office who does take delight in being an annoyance to others, however gossip is gossip.

Holy Father is right and I am going to try and heed his words and curtail my tongue as hard as it may be.




Godbless the Holy Father!  :crucifix:
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(02-19-2014, 11:22 AM)austenbosten Wrote: I'm going to try and avoid speaking evil with my tongue. Gossiping is something I'm guilty of in the workplace. We have an annoying character in our office who does take delight in being an annoyance to others, however gossip is gossip.

Holy Father is right and I am going to try and heed his words and curtail my tongue as hard as it may be.




Godbless the Holy Father!  :crucifix:



I think that
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(02-19-2014, 11:41 AM)Ptochos Wrote:
(02-19-2014, 11:22 AM)austenbosten Wrote: I'm going to try and avoid speaking evil with my tongue. Gossiping is something I'm guilty of in the workplace. We have an annoying character in our office who does take delight in being an annoyance to others, however gossip is gossip.

Holy Father is right and I am going to try and heed his words and curtail my tongue as hard as it may be.




Godbless the Holy Father!  :crucifix:



I think that is something we should all do. Sometime in the past week this was the reading in the liturgy:

Romans 12:14-21 (14) Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not. [15] Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep. [16] Being of one mind one towards another. Not minding high things, but consenting to the humble. Be not wise in your own conceits. [17] To no man rendering evil for evil. Providing good things, not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men. [18] If it be possible, as much as is in you, have peace with all men. [19] Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord. [20] But if thy enemy be hungry, give him to eat; if he thirst, give him to drink. For, doing this, thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head. [21] Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.

I have to say this caught me off guard because I am certainly guilty of NOT doing this. The one that hit me for the first time was "Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep." Even when I'm on my good behavior and manage to hold my tongue, not seek vengeance, etc., I can still get a lot of pleasure at seeing an enemy suffer. But in the context of this passage, that Rejoice...weep thing sounds like I have to actually take it to heart and not just act nice but genuinely love people.

This will take a lot of grace for me.


It will take a lot of Grace for all of us.

Thus is the winding, rocky and narrow path that leadeth us towards Our Beloved. Blessed Lord!
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#10
From today's readings in mass:

"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. . . Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. . . Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."-James 1:19-27


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