We’ve all heard the old adages:
“If you can’t say anything nice about a person, don’t say anything at all.”
“It is better to be quiet and to let people think you might be ignorant than to speak up and confirm it.”
We also know that sometimes we are so eager to impress or so fearful of silence that we almost can’t help blurting out something — almost anything — to fill the void.
St. Ignatius of Loyola almost certainly would have advised you to adhere to the adages and let the silence happen if it must. In any event, he was a consistent critic of what he...
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