22 Sep 2011
But the sin of gossip is more specifically considered to be idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others. It usually involves uncharitable or inappropriate conversation about others, not present and has a reputation for the introduction of errors and variations into the information transmitted. St Thomas includes it in his treatise on justice (II, IIae 72-76) in the Summa since, by it, we unjustly harm the reputation of others, through either lies or truths shared inappropriately. The Catechism of the Catholic Church includes gossip under its treatment of the 8th Commandment, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor....read more
29 Jul 2010
Meditation for the Morning
Let us adore Jesus Christ in the visits which He made during His life. He made very few, and He made them in a very holy manner, that He might merit for us the grace of sanctifying ours and of avoiding the dangers to be met with in them. What advantage for us to find in the actions of a God a pattern for our actions and also a grace to enable us to perform them aright! May our hearts be poured forth in praise and thanks at the feet of our divine Savior.
FIRST POINT… Read the rest...read more
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30 Jun 2010
The author points out two reasons, but I’d like to add a third (which I would actually make the first): Anonymity.
When people post online, they post under screen names and avatars. Wouldn’t their responses be different if they ‘dared’ to put their real name and picture on it? After all, God sees all, hears all, and reads everything we post online. It goes back to WWJW (what would Jesus write?).
Full story here and bits below.
Bono is a born again Christian.
Or he’s not.
It’s one of those two. I’m just not sure which, but I am certain … Read the rest...read more
15 Jan 2010
HT to Tea at Trianon.
Wendy Fandl sees a lot of children growing up without a lot of guidance. They say harsh and hurtful things about each other, and the words come too easily. Encouraged by the snarkiness in pop culture today, they seem more sarcastic than past generations.
She suggests that before they say something to or about someone else, they should ask themselves: “Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?”
These three questions have been around for centuries, attributed to Socrates and Buddhist teachings, and linked to the tenets of Christianity … Read the rest...read more