Stop Talking and Be Silent – The Rule of St. Benedict (With an Assist from Lisa Simpson)

I talk to much.  This often leads me to putting my foot in my mouth, saying things I ought not say, or at the very least just rambling on into nonsense.

In the words of St. Benedict:

Therefore, because of the importance of silence, let permission to speak be seldom given to perfect disciples even for good and holy and edifying discourse, for it is written: “In much talk thou shalt not escape sin.” And elsewhere: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” For it belongeth to the master to speak and to teach; it becometh the disciple to be silent and to listen (St. Benedict (2011-04-30). The Rule of St. Benedict (Kindle Locations 284-287). PlanetMonk Books. Kindle Edition).

Or, in the words of Lisa Simpson:

“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

After Lisa says this we hear Homer’s brain talk to Homer, “What does that mean? Better say something or they’ll think you’re stupid.”  Homer quickly chimes in: “Takes one to know one!

How often do we join Homer in thinking we need to speak, even if we really have nothing wise to say?  

How much better would we be if we took Lisa and St. Benedict’s advice and spent more time in silence?


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