Let it pass that insolent word. Do not retaliate. Remember Jesus, when taunted and mocked in the house of Herod was silent. Imitate his heroic silence, His divine restraint. By so doing you will make giant strides in virtue. After all it is easy to give back taunt for taunt, sneer for sneer, cut for cut. Anyone can do that. What makes low- class vows but that. But to curb the tongue that is longing to lash out- that needs manly sanctity. You have perhaps the power to inflict a wound far deeper than the one you got, but leave him to God who knows the provocation you have received and Who has said, “I will repay”. If he is worth anything he will recognize your virtuous silence and respect you- perhaps it will be the means of converting him. If he is not worth anything, why be troubled about her lack of charity and of good breeding?
SAY NOTHING. Do not join in the uncharitable gossip. If you cannot put in a good word for the person criticized, say nothing. Your very silence will act as a rebuke. Let you be the one not to cast a stone. How do you know what trials he has to bear? How do you know how much and how often he resisted temptation? Above all, how do you know if a word of gossip be true at all? You surely have been witness to cases where the original story was so altered that it became unrecognizable. Any story that has gone through two telling should be suspected.
SAY NOTHING, if your word depreciated, undervalued or the credit of it passed on to another. If this is done maliciously, why give others the gratification of seeing they have wounded you. Small minds glory in it.
When misunderstood, rash-judged, wrongly blamed, aye even slandered- SAY NOTHING. God will clear you.
When you see others flattering those in power, throwing out their poor bait to catch favor- SAY NOTHING.
When weary and in pain, bear it silently for the love of God and say nothing.