What’s the Matter With Idle Talk? (Thurs. April 1)

The word of the day is “speech.”  The Prayer of St. Ephraim asks the Lord to remove the spirit of “idle talk” from our hearts.  The wise sage of Proverbs warns against such frivolous speech in our reading of Proverbs 10:1-13.  The astute elder writes, “The wise of heart will heed commandments,  but a babbling fool will come to ruin” (OAB vs. 8).   Today’s study will teach us why we should be discrete both in our speaking and in our listening to others. According to the apostle James, the tongue gets more people into temptation than any organ of the body.   The apostle writes in James that it  “is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (OSB James 3:8).  The…