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74. Injustice in Words: Whispering

1. By whispering is meant talebearing, the spreading of gossipto the harm of a neighbor. A backbiter seeks to injure a man'sgood name;a talebearer seeks to stir up trouble, or to arousepeople to take action against another or others.

2. Talebearing or whispering is a greater sin than backbiting orreviling, for it seeks to rob a neighbor of his friends. Andfriends are a man's most precious external possessions.

"This is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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