I mean, really… who doesn’t love a morsel of gossip? Gossip has a place in the world, right? Who doesn’t love to walk into a room, filled with laughter, have everyone catch sight of us, hear the laughter suddenly stop, and then watch the group disperse? OK, that is not so great, but how bad can gossip be? Romans 1:29 gives us an idea of the companions of gossip: “every form of wickedness, evil, greed, and malice; full of envy, murder, rivalry, treachery, and spite.” Gossip is next on the list.
Sometimes the words of gossip are true. “The right to the communication of the truth is not unconditional. Everyone must conform his life to the gospel precept of fraternal love. This requires us in concrete situations to judge whether or not it is appropriate to reveal the truth to someone who asks for it.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2488).
As a wise person once said, let everything you say have three qualities: true, necessary, and helpful.
Admonition Twenty: The Good and the Vain Religious
1 Blessed is that religious who has no pleasure and delight except in the most holy words and deeds of the Lord 2 and, with these, leads people to the love of God with gladness and joy.
3 Woe to that religious who delights in idle and empty words and leads people to laughter with them.