MY CATHOLIC LIFE — Reflection 158: The Content of Your Speech
The content of your daily speech is a clear reflection of the content of your soul. So what does your speech reflect? Very often you may find that your conversations throughout the day have been about superficial and worldly matters. Though some casual conversations of this sort are normal and healthy, you should also be able to point to regular conversations that speak of the glory of God and your life of faith. You should be able to see daily words of charity and holiness. And you should see words that build others up (See Diary #804).
Reflect upon your conversations of the past week. What have they been about? Have you fallen into the trap of being cunning or harsh? Have you criticized or put others down? If so, these conversations reveal your soul. At times, your conversations may not fall into the category of sin, but may be dominated by worldly and unimportant things such as a fascination with wealth, or entertainment, or jokes or the like. Though none of these may be evil in and of themselves, if they are the dominant content of your speech then there is little room for the Lord. Seek to make your words and daily conversations a reflection of your deep love of Christ. Let your speech become an outpouring of the Mercy of God alive in your life. This is one key way through which God reveals the sanctity of your soul and uses you to bring holiness to others.
Lord, I surrender to You my speech. I give to You every thought I have and every word that comes forth from my mouth. Please use my words to reveal Your glory and the Mercy that permeates Your Heart. May this Mercy also permeate my heart and flow forth from my lips as an invitation to holiness for all. Jesus, I trust in You.