Friday, September 20, 2013
'Words are powerful, they are for weal or woe. They build up or raze to the ground. They cut to the quick or they soothe and heal. They inspire courage and loftiness of purpose, or they rouse to anger, bitterness and revenge... Words! Words! How powerful you are! How terrible you are when lodged in an unkind and critical heart! ... If we have not been perfect in this regard, let us begin now to make a record in charity. It is never too late to work at our perfection, it is never too late to determine to be saints. Let us seal our lips against cutting remarks, unkind insinuations, unfavourable words. Many a heart has writhed in pain because of poisoned arrows that pierced to the core.'
(from Sheltering the Divine Outcast, compiled by A Religious, The Peter Reilly Co, Philadelphia, 1952, pp. 24-25)
Painting: Irving R. Wiles, Russian Tea