After reading that the Holy Father is a Jesuit, I decided to read a little of Saint Ignatius. I am reading: The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius : amazon.com/Spiritual-Exercises-Saint-Ignatius-Loyola/dp/0385024363/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380999270&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=the+spiritual+exercises+of+st.+ingatius%2C+motola
I am particularly impacted by the selection quoted below as I know that talk too much. I am going to contemplate on this and try to adapt it to my life. It definitely means work. However, already I appreciate the reasoning he puts forth, that being that when we speak it should be for the good of souls. I like that as then when you do no matter for how long it would never be a waste of time. He writes that we can speak of (I paraphrase) politics and finance and or worldly concerns as long as it is for the good. In other words, not just to talk to talk.
Ummm, I wonder of he enjoyed a couple of jokes or good stories?
“Idle words should not be spoken. By idle words I mean words which will serve no good purpose, and do not profit me nor anyone else, nor are they intended to do so. Words spoken for a useful purpose and words intended for the good of one’s soul or that of another or for the good of the body or for one’s temporal welfare are never idle words. Neither are words idle because one speaks of matters which are foreign to his state, for example, if a religious speaks of wars or of commerce. In all that has been mentioned there is merit if the words are directed to a good end, and it is sinful if they are directed to a bad end and spoken, idly.”
I like that, I want to speak less and when I do at least strive and be conscious of what Saint Ignatius wrote.
Do you know what other saints have said about speaking and silence? What do you think of the exercises? Has anyone here done them?