Nowadays, words are everywhere. We have 24 hour cable news, news magazine shows, talk shows, reality shows and weather reports just a flick of a channel away. We have become enveloped in mountains of words.
However, just because words are everywhere doesn't mean we should treat the spoken word lightly. No, it should make us more understanding of the power of our everyday words.
It's true, some words come and go, while others change meanings, but words always matter. We need to use them with care. If we disagree, we can do so without being disagreeable. Pleasant speech multiplies friends and encourages those around us. Words help keep friendliness a shining value.
St. Francis de Sales suggests: "There is no excuse for not being gracious, open minded and considerate always." Good advice from a Bishop who made and carried out some tough decisions.
A Reading from James 3:9-10
With the tongue we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.