How Should I Respond To Detraction?

What should I do when someone is gossiping to me about another person? Do I sin by listening even if I am not actively encouraging them?

You cannot help what you hear in spite of your protestations, but you might just tell them you don’t want to hear it. Then if they keep on talking, try to redirect the conversation, or take leave if you can.

Gossip is a sin which must be confessed. If they know of your faith, simply ask them to honor and respect it. If not, it is an excellent opportunity to explain “detraction” and the potential harm it can cause. All of this is part of bearing our cross behind Christ.

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