We store up both the bad and the good. Eventually we get an abundance of one or the other. We speak from that abundance, which then is the fruit of our lives (Lk 6:44-45).
The key to a good life, good fruit, and good speech is what we're storing inside. If we're harboring resentments, unforgiveness, bitterness, hurts, and lusts, it won't be long till we have an abundance. Then we will mass-distribute all that poison, and the fruit of our lives will be destruction and death both for ourselves and others.
Instead, let's store up the fruit of the Spirit: "love, joy, peace, patient endurance, kindness, generosity, faith, mildness, and chastity" (Gal 5:22-23). These will flow from our mouth like pure spring water and bear fruit to life everlasting. Like Mary, we store up things by treasuring and reflecting on them in our hearts (Lk 2:19, 51).
Therefore, "your thoughts should be wholly directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, admirable, decent, virtuous, or worthy of praise" (Phil 4:8).
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†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 11, 2009.