“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – James 1:26

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Those who consider themselves religious

and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues

deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless

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– James 1:26 (NIV)

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QUOTE…

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“I don’t know why, but there is a dark joy in gossiping.

Sometimes we begin by saying nice things about another,

but then we slip into gossip,

making the object of our chatter merchandise to be bartered.
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Let us ask forgiveness because when we do this to a friend,

we do it to Jesus, because Jesus is in this friend.

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Those who live judging their neighbour,

speaking ill of their neighbour,

are hypocrites,

because they lack the strength and the courage

to look to their own shortcomings.

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[…] If you speak ill of your brother, you kill your brother.

And every time we do this,

we are imitating that gesture of Cain, the first murderer in history. …

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Gossip always has a criminal side to it.

There is no such thing as innocent gossip …

[Rather than gossiping about a person] go and pray for him!

Go and do penance for her!

And then, if it is necessary, speak to that person

who may be able to seek remedy for the problem.

But don’t tell everyone!

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[…] We ask for grace so that we and the entire Church

may convert from the crime of gossip

to love, to humility, to meekness, to docility,

to the generosity of love towards our neighbour..”

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– Pope Francis

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PRAYER…

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O God, my Creator,

Almighty Father,

have mercy on me.

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Grant, O Lord,

that all I do will be an acceptable offering to You.

Grant that all I say will be a sweet sound in Your ear.

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Lord, help me always keep a tight rein on my tongue,

that I may use it only to express and spread love

and not to cause harm and destroy.

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Have mercy on me, O God,

forgive me my sins,

heal my iniquities

and make me strong in You.

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Amen.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord, heal my iniquities

and make me strong in You.

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YEAR OF FAITH 2012-2013

FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH…

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Christ’s disciples have "put on the new man,

created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness."(Eph 4:24)

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By "putting away falsehood,"

they are to "put away all malice and all guile

and insincerity and envy and all slander."(1 Pet 2:1)

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[CCC 2475]

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