Lent ~ Sunday ~ March 18


"He who cares for his salvation, cuts down on words, while he who gains repentance shuns talkativeness like fire." (St. John Climacus)



O LORD, Master of my life, grant that I may not be infected with the spirit of slothfulness and inquisitiveness, with the spirit of ambition and vain talking. Grant instead to me, your servant, the spirit of purity and of humility, the spirit of patience and neighborly love. O Lord and King, grant me the grace of being aware of my sins and of not thinking evil of those of my brethren. For you are blessed, now and ever, and forever. (St. Ephrem)



Listen well today. Make sure that you talk far less than you listen. Be attentive. Make eye contact. Ask interested questions. Really hear what people are saying and let them know they are understood.