This week Bradley and I are still working on Memorize the Faith, the book by Kevin Vost, PSY.D. and we’re reading Less Than a Minute to Go by Belmont Abbey President, Dr. Bill Thierfelder. I love both of these books. We are learning so much about our faith and thinking about what it means to put our knowledge into action. These books encourage us to think about, and hopefully correct, our own not – so – perfect words and actions.
Last night we read a suggestion given to Dr. Thierfelder regarding how to know when it is appropriate to share information about someone and when to remain silent. It comes to this, the three gates of the mouth. Three questions a priest told Thierfelder to ask himself before discussing details about another person. First, ask yourself, is what I want to say true? Then, does it need to be said? Finally, will it make a difference? If the answer to all three questions is yes, it is probably not gossip, detraction, or defamation of character.
I feel this to be good advice. Sometimes we talk about others, and at other times we are on the receiving end of hurtful remarks. The next time you are on the receiving end, remember this: “Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great in heaven, this is how they persecuted the prophets before you” (Matthew 5:11-12).
The beatitudes are the keys to the Kingdom. Before Christ Israel was the chosen land, the location of God’s kingdom, now the Kingdom is within you, and the beatitudes are the entrance–the heart of Jesus’ teachings. (CCC1716) This simple truth makes suffering easier to bear.