I tremble to think that I have to give an account of my tongue. There is life, but there is also death in the tongue. Sometimes we kill with the tongue: we commit real murders. And we are still to regard that as a small thing? (Diary, 119)
A parishioner came crying her heart out. Hers were painful tears brought about by the talks spread by her “sisters” in her group.
“I am just doing the work of God. I am just serving the Church”, she cried.
“Why are these lies being spread against me?”
Our ”white” lies, talks that are half-truths, conversations that are “for entertainment” may cause untold pain and suffering on the “victims”.
Truth is always motivated by justice. And justice without mercy is not liberating.