Speech & Silence

From the vitriol of public discourse to run-of-the mill gossip, our words are out of control.  Naturally wordy from birth, I’m still learning to control my tongue, examine my speech and seek greater silence. Some of my discoveries are shared in the posts gathered here.

In a nutshell:  bashing opponents in an echo chamber of anger is diminishes all our dignity.  Giving in to gossip is wrong. And drowning in din silences God’s still, small voice.

When I was a teenager, my family nicknamed me “Babbling Brook.”  As I began sharing my struggles to tame those waters, I found many friends seeking the same thing.  Most of these posts are short; a few go into more depth.  Each takes a facet of speech or silence and holds it, however briefly, up to the light.

We may never get it right. But we can aim higher. We’ll become freer, happier people as we do.

An Invitation from a Babbling Brook:  Focus on Speech & Silence

T.S. Eliot:  There Is Not Enough Silence

May Your Name Be Safe in My Mouth

St. Augustine:  The Human Tongue Is a Furnace

Rich Mullins:  We Are Not as Strong as We Think We Are

Madeline L’Engle:  Show the Lovely Light

Silence:  Golden.

Big Pink Baby Name-calling and the Invisible Mistakecase

True Religion and the Unbridled Tongue

Kierkegaard’s Remedy for the Modern World:  Create Silence

Advice from St. Francis de Sales:  Honey Attracts More than Vinegar

Speech without a Partner:  Josef Pieper on Flattery

Matt Redman:  Let My Words Be Few

Backbiting:  “A Common, Vulgar Evil”

Lucille Ball’s Gossip Pantomime

A Simple Rule for Speech

Have a Point:  Steve Martin and John Candy Help Us See Ourselves

When Tempted to Fire Back, Remember This



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