Thursday, August 29, 2013
Did you hear? Can you BELIEVE it?!
by Michelle Martin
So, did you hear what Pope Francis said about
Yes, about gossip. Can you believe it?
What the pope said about gossip was this: It is a “slap” to Jesus “in the person of his children, his brothers,” and “it ruins your soul!”
Yes, he really said that! But he can’t mean it, can he? I mean, everybody gossips, right?
Maybe everybody does gossip — Pope Francis acknowledged that he has done it himself — but the pope made clear that he does mean what he said about the destructive power of wagging tongues.
Both comments above came in a May 18 homily at the morning Mass Pope Francis celebrated at St. Martha’s House, the guesthouse where he resides at the Vatican.
It wasn’t the first time that the pope has raised the issue of what sometimes seems to be a harmless joke; he also talked about gossip in an April 9 homily.
In that homily, he said: “When we prefer to gossip, gossip about others, criticize 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.”
Read more from the Sept. 8 issue of OSV Newsweekly.