Let us follow the prophet's counsel: "I said, I have resolved to keep watch over my ways that I may never sin with my tongue. (Ps. 39:2)." RB 6:1
John Cassian, one of Benedict's sources, says that a monastic's calling to seek "nothing other than the vision and contemplation of divine purity ... can be acquired only by silence."
Words can heal, affirm, confirm, and strengthen our relationships with others. They can also be a source of separation, tearing-down, and pain. In this chapter of the Rule Benedict is strongly suggesting that choosing what to say and when to say it is very important for each monastic. What will I choose today - words of compassion, healing, peace, care, concern, inclusion, affirmation?
May my words send good, harmonious vibrations into the world, the universe and beyond.