Prudence

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“Alas! such is our weakness, that we often more readily believe and speak of another that which is evil than that which is good.”

How many of us are guilty of this crime outlined by our great friend and teacher, Thomas à Kempis. How often we speak evil of our neighbor. How enjoyable we find it to gossip about his faults!

If we were to cut out the uncharitable words spoken of our neighbor behind his back, how much conversation would we have left? An appropriate new year’s resolution: speak only good of our neighbor unless it be absolutely necessary to reveal his faults.

“[P]erfect men do not easily give credit to every report, because they know man’s weakness, which is very prone to evil and very subject to fail in words.”

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