The Medallion of the Apostolate of the New Evangelization
The Door to Heaven - Extracts
A teaching for Man,
about his weaknesses,
limits and reach.
Spanish Editions: 1996 and 1998
English Edition 1.1 - July 1999
The Door to Heaven – Extract No. DH-93.1
The Sin Of Malicious Gossip
The sin of speaking ill of people behind their backs, of malicious gossip, involves not only defaming them or exaggerating some fault, but also when you let them publish some hidden fault. That is to say revealing a serious secret. However, it is not a sin to speak out about the crimes and misdeeds of people when it is done for their good or the good of others.
What justification can there be for repeating what you have heard? It can only serve to make enemies and to produce hatred that will be sources of sin. All malicious gossip should die in your breast, closed in so that it can never come out.
Another terrible fault is the spirit of contradiction, since, without need and only motivated by wickedness of spirit, some people willfully contradict what others say. This is a total lack of charity. It is better to keep quiet about things that are irrelevant. Do not be obstinate in defending points that are of no interest. In such cases, it is better to give-in to keep the peace. It is far better to keep the peace than to prove a point.
Always make sure that your words are determined by charity, so that in this way you can respect the shortcomings of your brothers.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Through the rest of 2002, Scoop will be publishing a series of daily reflections on spiritual matters from Bolivian author Katya Rivas. Rivas, has received an official imprimatur from the Catholic Church for several books she says she was instructed to write by Jesus Christ, Mary and various Angels. Scoop’s extract, above, comes from Rivas’s book “The Door to Heaven”. In 1999 Katya Rivas was the subject of a top-rating documentary show hosted by Mike Willessee (see Scoop TV review - Jesus Christ Tells FOXNews He Wants To Hug World and Scoop Images ). More recently Rivas says she was instructed by Jesus to have her books translated and published on the internet with the intention of having the books distributed to as wide an audience as possible. Several of the books can now be read online at http://www.greatcrusade.org/, and more are coming soon.
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