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I Heard it Through the Grapevine

January 12, 2011 Length: 1:01

St. Maximos the Confessor on avoiding gossip and gossiping.

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I love the Motown song, “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” which has a line, “People say believe half of what you see, and none of what you hear.”

St. Maximos the Confessor tells us that this principle is essential for our salvation when he says,

Give no ear to the slanderer’s talk nor let your talk run on in the fault-finder’s hearing, by readily speaking and listening to things against your neighbor; otherwise you will fall from divine charity and be found a foreigner to eternal life.

So to add to that Motown song, we not only need to avoid gossip, but also to avoid gossiping.


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