To celebrate the closing of the Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis held an audience with women and men religious. In one portion of his address, he told them, "If you get an urge to say something against a brother or sister, to drop a 'gossip bomb,' bite your tongue! Hard!"
What a good reminder for us!
But what does this have to do with peace and justice? All our thoughts, words and actions -- even our gossip -- have implications for our right relationships with the world and all who dwell therein. So, the seemingly small habit of controlling our gossip has implications for peace in our lives and in our world. It's that important!
A 3-minute video report of this talk is below. (Email subscribers: Click here if you do not see a video embedded below.)