Feb. 6 – June 7 – Oct. 7
Chapter 7: On Humility
The ninth degree of humility
is that a monk restrain his tongue and keep silence,
not speaking until he is questioned.
For the Scripture shows
that “in much speaking there is no escape from sin” (Prov. 10:19)
and that “the talkative man is not stable on the earth” (Ps. 139:12).
If there was ever passage of the RB directed at me personally, I guess this is it. I just do, not know how to keep my mouth shut and, oy vey, the trouble I get into. And were Benedict writing this today, I’m sure he’d have something to say about keeping silent on the Internet too!!
I believe all of us can so deeply relate to what he says here, that there is really nothing much i could say. I am reminded of Mark 7:15b “the things that come out are what defile”. Not what goes in.