Gossip is spiritual murder

Gossip is called spiritual murder. What can we do to fight this terrible venom?

Archimandrite Sebastian at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery had the best shield against gossip: if you came to him with gossip and said, “Guess what I heard!”, before you had a chance to say any more, he would ask, “Did you hear it yourself? Were you there?” And if you said no, he would say “Then it’s gossip, and I don’t want to hear it.” And if you started to tell him anyway -- he would turn his back and walk away. Or, if you said you were there, and you heard it with your own ears, he would say he didn’t want to hear it anyhow.

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