Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
18th September 2016
"Say Nothing, Think Nothing, Desire Nothing"
- St. John of the Cross
Fr. Bruno Hagspiel S.V.D.
Let it pass, that insolent word. Do not
retaliate. Remember Jesus, when taunted and
mocked in the house of Herod, was silent.
Imitate His heroic silence, His divine
restraint. By so doing you will make giant
strides in virtue. After all, it is easy to give
back taunt for taunt, sneer for sneer, cut for
cut. Anyone can do that. But to curb the tongue
that is longing to lash out - that means manly
sanctity. You have perhaps the power to inflict
a wound far deeper than the one you got, but
leave him to God, who knows the provocation you
have received and who has said "I will repay".
If he is worth anything, he will recognise your
virtuous silence and respect you - perhaps it
will be the means of converting him. If he is
not worth anything, why be troubled about his
lack of charity?
Do not join in the uncharitable gossip. If you
cannot put in a good word for the person
criticised, say nothing. Your very silence will
act as a rebuke. Be the one
not to cast a stone. How do you know
what trials he has to bear? How do you know how
much and how often he has resisted temptation?
Above all, how do you know if a word of gossip
be true at all? You surely have been a witness
to cases where the original story was so altered
that it became unrecognisable.
Any story that has gone through two tellings
should be suspected.
If your word is depreciated, undervalued or the
credit of it passed on to another. If this is
done to you unintentionally, it will be a good
act of self-denial to let the occasion pass in
silence; if done to you maliciously, why give
others the gratification of seeing they have
wounded you. Small minds glory in it.
When misunderstood, judged rashly, blamed
wrongly, even slandered - say nothing. God will
clear you. When you see others flattering those
in power, throwing out their poor bait to catch
favour - say nothing.
When weary and in pain, bear it silently for the
love of God and say nothing.