Avoid temptations to gossip, Pope suggests in homily
April 09, 2013
If Christians can restrain themselves from gossip, “it will be a great step forward,” Pope Francis said in his homily as he celebrated Mass for Vatican workers on April 9.
Speaking about the life of the early Christian community, the Pope said that the mutual love that grew among believers “is a life that has to be developed; it does not come automatically.” To nourish the life of a Christian community, he said, the faithful must resist temptations, including the temptation to gossip.
“When we prefer to gossip, gossip about others, criticize others--these are everyday things that happen to everyone, including me--these are the temptations of the evil one who does not want the Spirit to come to us and bring about peace and meekness in the Christian community,” the Pope said.
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