February 16

Reflection

Silence has always been one of the bedrocks of the spiritual search. It opens the way to reflection and contemplation. In the embrace of silence we can be open to Mystery. From that we can grow in compassion for others. Might it be possible this lent to try to fast from the noise of gossip? We live in a world that feasts on gossip. Important events are buried by reporting that spans from one scandal to the next. Instant communication bares private indiscretions. Can it be that we are really that interested? We are inundated with the pathetic and the trivial while valid and true information is obscured. It is hard to focus on what is important if we allow ourselves to become distracted by the trivial. It is difficult to respect and care for our neighbor amidst a daily offering of noisy distortion.

Prayer

Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still.
                               T.S. Eliot

 Action

 Try not to be caught up in gossip and noise. Find a quiet space where you can be still and spend a little time there each day. Keep an interior balance that can separate reality from meanspiritedness.

Suggested Reading

 Be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10

Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile.
Psalms 34:13 

Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged.
Matthew 7:1-2

It is in deep solitude and silence that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brother and sister.
Thomas Merton

Silence will illuminate you in God and deliver you from phantoms of ignorance.
Silence will unite you to God. In the beginning we have to force ourselves
to be silent. But then from our very silence is born something that draws us into deeper silence.
Isaac of Nineveh

How would your life be different if…You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day…You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.”
Steve Maraboli

 No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.
Bertrand Russell

Gossip needn’t be false to be evil – there’s a lot of truth that shouldn’t be passed around.
Frank A. Clark

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