C.S. Lewis on Avoiding Cruel, Dishonest Talkers

One way to avoid sinning with our speech is to practice prudence about the company we keep. Some incisive advice from C.S. Lewis in Reflections on the Psalms: I am inclined to think a Christian would be wise to avoid, where he decently can, any meeting with people who are bullies, lascivious, cruel, dishonest, spiteful … Continue reading C.S. Lewis on Avoiding Cruel, Dishonest Talkers

What Dorothy Day Said We Must Talk About

Social activist and Catholic convert Dorothy Day led a life of radical authenticity, using her considerable gifts as a writer on behalf of the poor she served and the faith that drove her passion.  Day's writings, including her autobiography, The Long Loneliness, remind us that our words are meant to serve and give a voice … Continue reading What Dorothy Day Said We Must Talk About

Matt Redman: Let My Words Be Few

When Jesus Christ was transfigured before Peter, James and John, they saw the glorious divinity of the God-Man. Peter (so lovably like us!) stammered a suggestion:  "Lord, it's good that we are here.  Let's build three tabernacles!  One for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah!" Then a "bright cloud" overcame them and they … Continue reading Matt Redman: Let My Words Be Few

Speech without a Partner: Josef Pieper on Flattery

"What then, is flattery?...The decisive element is this:  having an ulterior motive.  I address the other not simply to please him or to tell him something that is true.  Rather, what I say to him is designed to get something from him!...His dignity is ignored...in order to manipulate him for my purposes. Basically, what happens … Continue reading Speech without a Partner: Josef Pieper on Flattery

Big Pink Baby Name-calling and The Invisible Mistakecase

Insults and epithets abound in today's culture and seem socially acceptable in many circles.  Now more than ever, it's important to hold ourselves accountable to high standards of speech and to teach our children to do the same. Cherise Mericle Harper's The Invisible Mistakecase is a sweet and humorous tale about a grandpa who helps … Continue reading Big Pink Baby Name-calling and The Invisible Mistakecase