Taming of the Tongue: A Life Long Battle

“And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell……but no human being can tame the tongue – a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the likeness of God” James 3:6, 8-9

Taming the tongue, a tough battle indeed. We’ve had an interesting year with this corona virus situation and fact that it’s an election year. With that, come mixed emotions. With many emotions, people naturally feel compelled to voice their opinions. And while we are certainly called to speak with a purified heart. Sometimes it simply isn’t so. Of course this does not mean, that we should refrain from speaking the truth. However, it might mean that we have to conduct ourselves in a way where we speak the truth through love.

We are indeed the light of the world. We have a duty to carry that light passed on to us from Our Lord Jesus Christ. We also have a duty to put the right things in our minds and hearts so the good stuff can come out of us.This coming from the heart of one who’s very much engaged in politics and very much infuriated with the various injustices I have witnessed from not just politicians but also from their third party assistants. We all have to keep in mind that we can’t control so much what others do. We can only speak what we know, have a listening ear, and ask those with whom we might disagree a lot of questions if the opportunity is there. It is in the questions that we can hope to inspire someone else to change their minds and hearts. That is I imagine one advantage of the Church councils – discourse, discussion, debate. This model used to be popular amongst many circles, but some of those circles have transitioned into a realm of indoctrination.

So will I mess this up in the future ? I hope I don’t, but when people are passionate, it’s likely the opportunity to say what I should not say will arise once again. Let’s pray for each other brothers and sisters. May Our Lord bless us and may the Blessed Mother fervently pray for us. Dominus vobiscum.

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