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You Gossipmonger!

I wanted to share with you an excerpt from a transcript in a film starred by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep entitled DOUBT. This is a sermon about gossip and how it can impact life and cannot be undone. Here is the scene:

A woman was gossiping with a friend about a man she hardly knew – I know none of you have ever done this – that night she had a dream. A great hand appeared over her and pointed down at her. She was immediately seized with an overwhelming sense of guilt. The next day she went to confession. She got the old parish priest, Father O’Rourke, and she told him the whole thing.

‘Is gossiping a sin?’ she asked the old man. ‘Was that the hand of God Almighty pointing a finger at me? Should I be asking your absolution? Father, tell me, have I done something wrong?’

‘Yes!’ Father O’Rourke answered her. ‘Yes, you ignorant, badly broughtup female! You have borne false witness against your neighbor, you have played fast and loose with his reputation, and you should be heartily ashamed!’

So the woman said she was sorry and asked for forgiveness.

‘Not so fast!’ says O’Rourke. ‘I want you to go home, take a pillow up on your roof, cut it open with a knife, and return here to me!’

So the woman went home, took a pillow off her bed, a knife from the drawer, went up the fire escape to the roof, and stabbed the pillow. Then she went back to the old parish priest as instructed.

‘Did you cut the pillow with the knife?
’ he says.

‘Yes, Father.’

‘And what was the result?’

‘Feathers,’ she said.

‘Feathers?’ he repeated.

‘Feathers everywhere, Father!’

‘Now I want you to go back and gather up every last feather that flew out on the wind!’

'Well' said, ‘it can’t be done. I don’t know where they went. The wind took them all over.’<

‘And that,’ said Father O’Rourke, ‘is GOSSIP!’

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, Amen.

2 comments:

Vandana said...

Hey der....this is so true and I believe very few people understand the effect of gossiping around...How some silly gossiping can alter things for sumone...
I have bore the brunt of the same too...
But alas, i have also understood that such gossipmongers dont really deserve to be given that much importance...and they may never ever change too...

deamonaire said...

you're right, vandana!

we've got no choice but to live with'em. and nothing we can do but to ignore.

thanks for the visit! =)

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