Thursday, May 17, 2018
How do I keep the 8th Commandment?
In #115, Pope Francis tells us that "Christians too can be caught up in networks of verbal violence through the internet and the various forms of digital communication....It is striking that at times, in claiming to uphold the other commandments, they completely ignore the eighth, which forbids bearing false witness or living, and ruthlessly vilify others. Here we see how the unguarded tongue, set on fire by hell, sets all things ablaze (cf. Jas 3:5).
#116. "Inner strength, as the work of grace, prevents us from becoming carried away by the violence that is so much a part of life today, because grace defuses vanity and makes possible meekness of heart. The saints do not waste energy complaining about the failings of others; they can hold their tongue before the faults of their brothers and sisters, and avoid the verbal violence that demeans and mistreats others. Saints hesitate to treat others harshly; they consider others better than themselves."