THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
ON GOSSIP FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME
For the umpteenth time, Pope Francis talks about gossip. This
time comparing it to throwing terrorist bombs.
Gossip, that is, speaking ill of others in the community behind
their backs, is the cause of many conflicts and division.
So, as the pope says, bite your tongue. Do not do evil.
In CFC-FFL, gossip means talking negatively about other people
with those who are not in authority to do something about
it. Oftentimes this might happen in households. Brethren,
take responsibility to nip gossip in the bud in such cases,
in case the gossiper decides not to bite his/her tongue.
Pope's Morning Homily: Bite Your Tongue
Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Says Person Who Gossips Is Comparable
to Terrorist Throwing Bombs
Deborah Castellano Lubov
City, September 04, 2015 ( ZENIT.org)
Francis has warned against gossiping, calling the faithful
to realize the impact of their words and attitudes and what
it does to the Church.
According to Vatican Radio, during his daily morning Mass
at Casa Santa Marta, the Pope said: “We’d do well
to ask ourselves: Do I sow peace? For example, when I speak,
do I sow peace or do I sow discord?"
Recalling St Paul’s letter to the Colossians where the
Apostle spoke of how Christ was sent by God to sow reconciliation
and peace among humanity, the Pontiff stressed that people,
in their daily lives, must sow peace rather than discord.
many times have we heard this said about a person: He or she
has a serpent’s tongue! This is because that person
is always doing what the serpent did with Adam and Eve, namely
destroying peace. And this is
an evil, this is a sickness within our Church: sowing divisions,
sowing hatred, not sowing peace. So this is
a question that we should ask ourselves every day: ‘Did
I sow peace or did I sow discord today?'"
Francis said sowing divisions
and discord is a sickness within the Church, and compared
one who gossips to terrorists who throw bombs.
Without Jesus, one cannot have peace or reconciliation, the
Pope highlighted, reminding those gathered that it is our
task to be men and women of
peace and reconciliation in the midst of news
about war and hatred, even within families.
Like Jesus, Christians -- the Pope said -- are to be sources
of reconciliation and peace. “If a person during his
or her life does nothing else but reconcile and bring peace
that person can be canonized: that person is a saint. But
we need to grow that way, we need to have a conversion: never
a word that divides, never, never a word that brings war,
small wars, never gossip."
thinking: what is gossip? Oh
it’s nothing -- just saying words against another person
or telling tales: ‘This person did…’ No!
Gossiping is like terrorism because the person who gossips
is like a terrorist who throws a bomb and runs away, destroying:
with their tongue they are destroying and not making peace.
But this person is cunning, right? He is not a suicide bomber,
no, no, he takes good care of himself.”
concluding, Pope Francis suggested Christians bite their tongues
rather than gossip. “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.”
Francis said, "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