When a 'child of God' offers in conversation not words of charity or compassion, but malicious gossip or salacious comments, that soul is like a holy shrine from which now emerges no spring, no living water of grace, but from which oozes drops of evil-smelling puss. Such a serious infection needs powerful help.
Our voices are made for speaking truth. When someone lies, it is as though a stream of filthy water pours out of her heart and through her mouth. Even so-called white lies produce a stream of polluted water: as do exaggerations, slander, blasphemy, boasting and innuendo.
How watchful are we about our everyday habits? Much of what people feast upon today is actually damaging to their souls. It can 'poison' their spiritual lives. By gossip, or pornography or other evils it's as if people feast, like the rats that eat the pellets in the corner of a barn. They feel full, but will poison their souls just as the rats poison their bodies.
When a person has been brought to the brink of despair, because he feels guilty about the malicious gossip or slander he has spread, he can be certain of finding forgiveness and peace-of-soul if he confesses his sins, then makes amends, speaking the truth to the people he had misled, or had slandered.
How sad it is, in an earthly home, when a child disobeys, grumbles, shouts, stamps, sulks, and lacks gratitude. That it what it is like in the 'family' of the Church when members grumble about attending Mass, disobey God's laws, contradict Church teachings and gossip about the Clergy.
Just as there are insects who are at home in mud and filth, content to make their way across mucky roads, so there are people who are happiest when involved in unpleasant chatter or malicious gossip. It suits their uncharitable nature; but unless they change, by the grace of Christ, they will not be able to enter Heaven - and perhaps not even Purgatory.
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