Sunday, June 21, 2015

Examin Saturday 20 June 2015

The eleventh degree of humility is, that when a monk speaketh, he do so gently and without laughter, humbly, gravely, with few and reasonable words, and that he be not noisy in his speech, as it is written: “A wise man is known by the fewness of his words.”
The Rule of St Benedict, Chapter 7

There are many ways in which we may sin through our speech. Idle talk, gossip, coarse language – not to mention taking the Lord's name in vain. We may also sin by lies, especially slander which takes away a person's good name; and indeed, even the truth about the wrongdoings done by another, told for no good purpose, such as correcting an evil or preventing harm to another, can be sinful. And did our Lord himself not condemn the violence of angry talk? So be careful of what you say; often it is better to say nothing at all than to say the wrong thing and thereby sin.

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