Pope Francis

Saturday, 27 December 2014

The practice of Humility - 17

Do not contradict anyone in conversation when the things involved are doubtful or debatable and can be taken in one way or the other.

Do not get excited in conversation; if your opinion is found false or less good, give in modestly and remain in humble silence.  Again give in and behave in the same way about trifles, even if you are certain that what others maintain is false.  On any other occasion, when it is important to defend the truth, do so with courage, but without fury and resentment; you may be sure that you will succeed better with kindness than with rage and indignation.

J. Pecci (later Pope Leo XIII)

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