“The biggest myth about communication is that it happens.”
— Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor
I was reading a piece about our gossip-ridden culture the other day on America magazine’s website*. The writer was focused mostly on gossip about celebrities, but used that focus to talk more widely about the importance Saint Paul gives to how we speak to and about one another. As he says, “Paul spends a lot more time discussing what’s above our chin than what’s below our belt… I am not dismissing concerns regarding sexuality and the Bible, but what if we paid as much attention to how we speak about each other, including how we speak about each other in Church, as we do about who sleeps with who? How would our conversation change if we pored over Paul’s passages on gossip and slander?” That column led me to thinking about our own parish and how we communicate with one another. Here are some ideas you may want to think about:
Gossip is a plague in our culture, and it’s a sin. It needs to stop. More next week. Until then, Peace.