Y’all know how I feel about Catherine. No introduction needed. Wise words for everyday and not just Lent.
“Lent is the time to control our speech. To control speech is to recover its sacredness, to understand that sometimes the words of an innocent ‘joke,’ spoken without thinking, can have disastrous results, can be the ‘last straw’ that pushes a person into despair. But our words can also be a witness. As Alexander Schmemann says in Great Lent, “a casual conversation across the desk with a colleague can do more for communicating a vision of life, an attitude toward other people or toward work, than formal preaching. It can sow the seeds of a question, of the possibility of a different approach to life, the desire to know more. We have no idea how in fact, we constantly influence one another by our speech, by the very ‘tonality’ of our personality. And ultimately men and women are converted to God not because someone was able to give brilliant explanations, but because they saw in that person a light, joy, depth, seriousness, and love which alone reveal the presence and the power of God in the world.” As Matthew 12:36-37 says, we shall be judged by our words. Lent is a time when we must think about what God’s words in the Bible say. And out of thinking, we must speak words of tenderness, love, pity, compassion, and gentleness because we are men and women of faith; we are Christians.”
– Catherine Doherty from a talk