I’ve been going to Confession weekly for some time now. I always write down my sins and read from the list, and I’ve noticed a trend in the area of gossip. I REALLY struggle with the Eighth Commandment!
It’s hard enough holding my tongue as the INITIATOR of gossip, but I can most of the time manage to choke the words down. My question is this: what do you do when you’re NOT the initiator, but rather, the receiver of gossip?
Cause on one hand, I don’t want to hurt the feelings of the person who is gossiping to me by dismissing them, but on the other hand, I know I’m offending God by slandering a person’s good name. I guess I’m just looking for tips on how you all avoid/handle this situation (receiver of gossip, not starting it).
Going to weekly Confession has been very powerful in demonstrating to me the areas of my life which need work if I’m to become a saint, and this particular sin is front and center. Your advice and prayers would be greatly appreciated!
God bless you!