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<< Wednesday, June 6, 2001 >> St. Norbert
 
Tobit 3:1-11, 16
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Psalm 25 Mark 12:18-27
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TONGUE LASHING?

 
"It is better for me to die than to live, because I have heard insulting calumnies, and I am overwhelmed with grief. Lord, command me to be delivered from such anguish; let me go to the everlasting abode; Lord, refuse me not. For it is better for me to die than to endure so much misery in life, and to hear these insults!" —Tobit 3:6
 

Tobit was a prisoner-of-war, exile, fugitive, and blind man. But he could live with all that. What brought him to despair was an insult from his wife (Tb 3:6).

Sarah saw her seven husbands killed by a demon on the nights of her weddings. But she could live with that. However, when she was verbally attacked by one of her maids, she thought of hanging herself (Tb 3:8-10).

Sometimes the tongue is more deadly and destructive than a gun, knife, or even bomb. The tongue "exists among our members as a whole universe of malice. The tongue defiles the entire body. Its flames encircle our course from birth, and its fire is kindled by hell" (Jas 3:6). The tongue "is a restless evil, full of deadly poison" (Jas 3:8). "If a person is without fault in speech he is a man in the fullest sense, because he can control his entire body" (Jas 3:2).

The Holy Spirit came in fiery tongues at the first Christian Pentecost (Acts 2:3) and gave birth to the Church. May the fire of the Holy Spirit purify our tongues as soon as possible.

 
Prayer:  Father, when I receive Holy Communion, may the body and blood of Jesus consecrate my tongue.
Promise: "When people rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage but live like angels in heaven." —Mk 12:25
Praise: St. Norbert brought many back to faith in Jesus present as the Blessed Sacrament.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, January 4, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 24, 2001
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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