And this book is about how to Hack Heaven with simple little ideas that will make it easier for us to become Holier and make it to Heaven. My favorite chapter is also the hardest because I feel like Gossip is an issue for myself and I feel the whole world lately. I find myself wanted to hear the bad news about others perhaps to confirm myself in holiness or something but it is only allowing me to sink down into pride. I am only good by the grace of God if at all and anyone whether good or bad needs our prayers and sacrifices for Our Lady of Fatima said, “many souls go to hell because there is no one to pray and make sacrifices for them”.
- Before you open your mouth to gossip, stop and imagine you were the subject of the news you are tempted to reveal.
- When you hear the signal “Don’t tell anyone else, but…”stop whoever is speaking. Explain that you can’t handle secrets, so they should not trust you with them. Say something such as, “It’s just better for everyone if you don’t tell me.” The gossiper will probably get the message.
- Realize that using the downfall of another as entertainment gives you something in common with the devil. When tempted to delight in such mews, consider how God looks at the person. Pray for that person, and pray the Saint Michael prayer yourself.
- It’s a spiritual work of mercy to instruct the ignorant, so rather than listen, explain that gossip is spiritually harmful. If you sit and listen, it gives the impression of approval and you are encouraging another to sin.
- When someone begins telling you something, imagine it was you they were talking about instead. Consider your responsibility to speak up for others. Tell the gossiper what you would want them to know if it was you being gossiped about.
- Tell Jesus you are sorry for all the times you hurt him through talkin about others. “I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mt 25:40)
- Follow the wise example of Benjamin Franklin, who wrote in his Plan of Conduct: “I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth; but rather by some means excuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and upon proper occasions speak all the good I know of everybody.”
- Mind your own business. Whether speaking or listening, ask yourself if it is your business to know or to tell.
- Afraid to offend someone? Share in the guilt: “Gossip has been a problem for me, and I really want to stop. I have to change the subject.”
- Go one step further. Instead of simply refraining from gossiping about someone, pray for them. Our hearts will grow in love and kindness, and our souls will grow in holiness. Compare that with ruining our own reputation by sinning and hurting others.