I’m not saying much about Presidential politics or the racial turmoil roiling the nation. In fact, I’m trying to say less about all kinds of things.
There is great temptation to post the “mic drop” comment or meme on social media. It doesn’t add to the truth, just to the noise. For all our proclamation of “listening to one another” and “dialogue,” and with the superabundant means of communication at our fingertips, we don’t seem to be advancing good will and common interest.
I’m rediscovering the virtue of silence. Especially my own.
Again the Lord says in the gospel: an account will have to be given on the day of judgement for every vain word. Each of you is to weigh his words and have a proper restraint for his mouth, so that he may not stumble and fall through speech and his fall be irreparable and fatal. He is with the prophet to guard his ways so that he does not offend through the tongue. Silence, which is the promotion of justice, is to be diligently and carefully observed. (The Rule of Albert #21, 1247 AD)
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. (1 Corinthians 13:1 ESV)