The Power of Life and Death in the Tongue

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Saturday in the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

The Power of Life and Death in the Tongue

Jesus: “Do not worry, My dear little Carmelite. Do not think, ‘How will I make the Cause prevail?’ I work with chosen souls. Be satisfied with being good. Do you know how to be a good Carmelite? Live humbly. Live the hidden contemplative life in union with Me. Refrain your tongue and be on guard not to say unneeded words. (Jesus) (April 10, 1962)

Today’s Readings: Consider how small a fire can set a huge forest ablaze.
The tongue is also a fire.
It exists among our members as a world of malice,
defiling the whole body
and setting the entire course of our lives on fire,
itself set on fire by Gehenna.
For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature,
can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species,
but no man can tame the tongue.
It is 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.
From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.
My brothers and sisters, this need not be so. (James 3)

Prayer Meditation: O Lord forgive us because how much damage is done by the tongue, a little member of our body which can set our lives and others ablaze. In the Book of Proverbs we read, the power of life and death is in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). We can build each other up or tear each other down. We can speak life or death literally over ourselves and our loved ones. We say so many unneeded words, and yet You work in silence and contemplation. So let us take Your advice today and refrain our tongues and be on guard not to speak unless it is true, necessary, and kind for the upbuilding of the Your Body rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3)

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