In His sacred Gospel Our Lord Jesus Christ says to us:
Enter ye in at the narrow gate (Mt. vii. 13). Again He says:
That through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God
(Acts xiv. 21). What this narrow gate is through which
we must enter the wise Solomon makes clear to us where he says: My son,
give not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin (Eccles. v. 5).
And again: The mouth of a fool is his destruction (Prov. xviii.
7). Let us therefore strive to place a strong guard on our lips,
that they may not utter anything evil: for evil speech is worse than all
All other wounds may be healed, but the wound of the tongue has no cure.
The tongue of the dragon is less evil than that of the whisperer,
which in turn comes from a most evil demon: for it provokes quarrelling
and bitter strife between brethren, sows evil and discord among the peaceful,
scatters many communities. If you permit the whisperer to
approach you, he will strip you of every merit you possess. Whosoever
becomes involved with him has already become a confederate in his bloodshed,
in his murders, and in his slayings! for a whisperer and a murderer
spawn the same whelp: if they do not slay you with the sword, they will
bring the same disaster on you with the tongue.
The tongue of the whisperer differs little from the serpentís
bite: rather, better to live with serpents and scorpions than dwell with
a whisperer. A blasphemer or a tyrant is better than a whisperer.
All sins are less grievous than those of the whisperer. The
whisperer and those who give ear to him receive the same condemnation.
Better for you to come close to fire and be burned, than come nigh to a
whisperer. Should you tread on boiling pitch, and go carefully,
you may escape hurt. But should you chance to pass by a whisperer,
keep far from him, lest he lead you into irreparable disasters: for his
mouth at all times is filled with treachery and death.
Because of these things I charge you severely, that you separate yourself
from a whisperer as speedily as you can. Let him be a monk,
let him be an anchorite, let him be a champion of virtue or but a novice,
whoever he is, as long as he is a whisperer, fly from him.
Though he should be your own father, or your brother, if he is a whisperer,
keep far away from him. For it is better to dwell with a lion or
a lioness than with one who is a whisperer. And do not be
ashamed to fly from him: so that he shall not infect you with the poison
of his sin
So then, my sons, have no part in murmuring; do your work earnestly
and in silence: for he who is devoted to silence is close to God and His
angels and dwells in heaven. For the Lord tells us that, he that
keepeth his mouth keepeth his soul (Prov. xiii. 3). And then
in the day of our visitation He shall say to us: Blessed art thou, Israel,
because you kept watch on your tongue; who is like to thee (Deut.
xxxiii. 29)? May the Lord preserve you in His grace and peace, Amen.