Speak No Foolish Chatter

...speak no foolish chatter, nothing just to provoke laughter ... RB 4: 53

Benedict is suggesting that there is no place for laughter that is unkind or demeaning. Humor is not always funny. Sometimes it is deadly serious and very hurtful.

Karl Rahner speaks of the kind of laughter that Benedict would encourage. It is a laughter that is the sign of inexpressible interior joy - a faith-inspired laughter.