On Holding the Tongue

The Lord will protect your soul so long as you hold your tongue. Do not say more than necessary; much talking drives away the Holy Spirit.

Learning to be silent is a great undertaking. In remaining silent, you emulate our Lord, Who “… answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled…” (Mark 15:5).

— Elder Andronicus of Glinsk

You need to strive more to be silent. Vacuous people talk a great deal. If you say little, people will listen to your words. When older people speak, hear them out, without interruption. Afterwards, you may respond, politely and meekly.

— Elder John of Glinsk

Taken from the parish newsletter of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St John the Baptist. Image Source

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