St. Joseph Province

Missionaries Of Compassion

“Do as I have done” Jn 13,15


A snail is a very interesting creature. Naturalists tell us that it has teeth on its tongue! A scientist examining one such organ under his microscope counted as many 30,000. The snail keeps its toothy little tool rolled up like a ribbon, until it is needed; then it thrusts out this sharp appendage and, although its teeth are very small, it saws through the toughest leaves and stems with comparative ease. There are some men and women (gossipers) who also have “teeth” on their tongues, and are always ready to Use them to cut down the character and reputation of even the holiest human being. Many pillows are wet with tears, hearts broken, homes ruined, and lives blasted, all because of those unbridled human tongues, which seem to have more “teeth” than even the snail.

– Henry Bosch 

Beware, “Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.”�
         ~Spanish Proverb
There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it hardly becomes any of us
To talk about the rest of us.
         ~Edward Wallis Hoch

All of us should, like Benjamin Franklin, make a resolution: “I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth; but rather by some means excuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and upon proper occasions speak all the good I know of everybody.”

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