Squirrel and rabbit gossiping - William Holbrook Beard
I love cloudy, rainy Fall days.
I'll share some thoughts here. No order or composition intended.
The Pope told the gendarmes not to gossip. I like what he said:
“There is a temptation – I would like to say it is thus for everyone , even for me , for everyone – a temptation that the devil likes very much: that against unity, when hidden dangers work directly against the unity of those who live and work in the Vatican – and the devil tries to create internal war, a kind of civil war and spiritual, is it not? It is a war that is not waged with the weapons that we recognize: it is a war waged with the tongue.”
"We ask St. Michael to help us in this war : never speak ill of each other, never open your ears to gossip." - Vatican Radio
"We ask St. Michael to help us in this war : never speak ill of each other,
never open your ears to gossip. And if [one hears] someone gossiping, stop him!
[Say] , ‘Here there can be none of that: walk out of St. Anne’s Gate.
Go outside and talk there! Here you cannot!’ That’s it, isn’t it?
The good seed yes: speak well of one another ,
yes, but [do not sow the poison seed] of gossip.” -ibid
Yeah. So. How can I or anyone else keep blogging after that? How? (Song for this thought here - just change the words to "Tell me how I'm supposed to keep blogging after that?")
Take my advice - don't speculate about what the Pope does anymore. Just shut up.
This morning at prayer, I realized we are in the middle of the novena to St. Therese, so I came in late - again. I'm using the Imitation of Christ for meditation, because Therese knew it by heart and therefore it really contributed to her spiritual formation.
I had been wrestling with something and I opened to this:
"Son, be not curious nor give yourself to useless cares... 'What is this or that to you? Follow me. For what is it to you whether this man be such or such; or that man do or say this or the other. You are not to answer to answer for others, but must give an account for yourself - why, therefore, do you meddle with them?" - Imitation, Bk. III, Chp. 24And when I got online, I discovered what the Pope said.
I was actually going to write about some stuff that has bothered me lately. Now I'm not sure it is worth my time.
Remembering John Paul I
on the 35 anniversary of his death.
Which reminds me - just say death - died, not passed on. Thanks.