Sunday, October 4, 2015

Examin Sunday 4 October 2015

The Rule of St Benedict commends that monks keep silence most of the time. This may seem a little extreme to us; but consider the letter of St James and how the Apostle warns of the grave sins that may be committed by our God-given gift of speech. Or, indeed, our Lord's own words likening angry words to murder. Think of the time that can be wasted in idle talk, the damage that can be done to another's reputation through needless gossip, and the myriad other temptations that may seduce us by unneeded talk. All this points to the words of St Benedict as not being extremism but wisdom; for a life spent in more silence than words could well be a life better equipped to save your soul.

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