Uncle Eddy's E-mail -- February 6
Saint Paul Miki and Companion,
(entered heaven in 1597)
Your latest note contained a large amount of gossip. It makes interesting reading for me, and I will certainly not be passing on anything you said to anyone else (one advantage of solitary confinement), but it has me a little worried about you. Have you fallen into the loose-tongue trap? It´s so easy to do, you know, spend long conversations bantering unproductively about other people´s exploits and endeavors… Before you know it, you´re passing judgment on them, and you begin to think about them differently, and you start to form little cliques that they are excluded from. And then you start wondering what everyone is saying about you when you aren´t around, and you get paranoid, and you try to secure your membership among the "in" group by spreading a little bit of dirt about someone who is currently "out" and the whole thing turns into a huge mess that ends up shattering friendships, giving scandal to your sisters in the faith, and destroying your own peace of heart. In some cases, careless words can even have dire, irreparable damage. Take the case of today´s saint, for example.
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