Following on from his recent homily where he warned about the amount of complaining we do, Pope Francis has now suggested we should be more careful not to gossip in our daily lives.
He told the congregation that meekness in the community is a “forgotten virtue” and that this virtue has many enemies, the principal being gossip.
The pope said “When we prefer to gossip, gossip about others, criticise others – these are everyday things that happen to everyone, including me – these are the temptations of the evil one who does not want the Spirit to come to us and bring about peace and meekness in the Christian community.”
He said that these struggles exist “in the parish, in the family, in the neighbourhood, and among friends.”
But, the Pope suggests, through the Spirit we are born into new life and made meek and charitable.
Pope Francis then made a plea to people to “not judge anyone, because the only Judge is the Lord.” He also suggested that we “keep quiet” even if we feel we have something to say or say it to the interested parties who may be able to remedy the situation rather than gossip to all and sundry.
The Pope then concluded saying “If, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, we succeed in never gossiping, it will be a great step forward and will do us all good".
Once again we are called by the Holy Father to really look at ourselves and consider what we do to harm the relationship we have with others and also the relationship we have with the Father.