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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 26, 2020

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MONDAY, October 26                           Alfred

Ecclesiasticus 19:10 Have you heard something? Let it die with you. Be brave, it will not make you burst!

I love the humor in this line! Sirach admonishes us not to gossip—but he does much more. He offers us many practical suggestions in today’s reading.

We all share stories—that’s how we form bonds, strengthen communities, and claim what we stand for. Yet, told maliciously, stories can break bonds, shatter communities, and create patterns of resistance and resentment./p>

What would it be like to commit to not sharing what we hear about others, no matter how harmless it may seem? After all, how many people have inaccurately attributed famous quotes to Einstein and Gandhi? Adopting Sirach’s practices could make us much quieter. It might also mean we’d have to read and think for ourselves. What if, like Sirach, we spent more time considering what is worth sharing and less time sharing what isn’t?

MOVING FORWARD: Make a commitment to check the sources of information you share with your friend groups and social networks.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Nicaragua, Argentina, and Argyll & The Isles (Scotland)

Ps 41, 52 * 44 | Ecclesiasticus 19:4-17 | Revelation 11:1-14 | Luke 11:14-26

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