Sunday, 7 October 2007

A Sunday Sermon.

On one occasion, when a woman confessed to St Philip Neri her love of gossip and spreading slander and scandal; and asked him how she could cure herself of the habit, he replied:

"Go to the nearest market-place, buy a chicken just killed, and pluck its feathers all the way as you come back to me. Place one feather on each doorstep of a person you have slandered. "

Greatly astonished, she did what he asked, and returned to him with the plucked chicken. "Now go back," he said, "and bring me all the feathers you have scattered."

"But I cannot," she replied,

"that is impossible. The wind has carried them away. How can I recover them?"

He answered: "You cannot. And that is exactly like your words of scandal. They have been carried about in every direction. You cannot recall them. Go and slander no more."

1 comment:

gemoftheocean said...

my guess is she didn't eat chicken for a long time.