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A drastic way to correct the sins of the tongue

“One of the things that keeps us from perfection is undoubtedly our tongue, since, when we reach the point of not sinning in speaking, we are perfect, according to the testimony of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, speak little and well: speak little, and let it be with simplicity, with charity, and in such a way as to make virtue loveable.” (Saint Francis de Sales.)

Saint Agathon, an abbot who wished to acquire great discretion in his words, carried a small stone in his mouth continuously for three years, which prevented him from speaking too quickly, even when he felt in a hurry to do so. He had remembered this verse from the book of Proverbs: He who guards his tongue, guards his soul, and he who is inconsiderate in his words will feel the unfortunate consequences.

As the saying goes, “He who wants the end, takes the means!”

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