Are you a talkative person ?
I am a quiet person. I prefer to listen, observe, and contemplate.
But I’m not an introvert. Rather, I’m an ambivert, somewhere between an introvert and an extrovert, as most of us are.
I love to talk, if I am interested in the subject matter, but I dislike idle chatter.
Jesus makes some comments on this, saying that on the day of judgment we will need to make an account of every idle word we say. (Matthew 12:36). Those are no idle words !
And so, I try to keep my speech within the following N.I.C.E. categories :
I- informative, without being gossipy
C – caring, comforting, consoling, Christ-centred, or comical
Do I always succeed in keeping my words within these categories ? No. Every day some words slip out that should never be spoken.
But I examine my conscience each evening, and repent of the words that I know I shouldn’t have said.
May our Lord grant us the grace to speak words that are pleasing to him, and to others.
Pictured is a typical home in our historic neighbourhood.
Most homes have a reddish painted outbuilding. This is where fishermen repaired their nets during the winters.