Collect for Septuagesima Sunday
O Lord, we beseech Thee favourably to hear the prayers of Thy people: that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by Thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name, through Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
It is wrong to tempt others into idle and therefore useless mind games which only serve to make people angry or sad or arrogant and self righteous, games which cloud minds and damn souls.
Gossip kills the life of God in the soul; it maims relationships divine and human.
Refuse to participate in rumour mongering. Resist gossiping by observing a prudent silence and by simply lowering one's head in disapproval at such behaviour. Pray for the gossiper, and ask God for the grace that you may not think ill thoughts toward anyone. Recall the Cross, the price of our salvation.
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