"Death and life are in the power of the tongue." (Proverbs 18:21)
The words we use in our daily conversations have great power. They can build up as well as tear down. As Christians, it is our responsibility to use our speech in way that encourages our neighbor instead of ruining them.
Venerable Louis of Granada, a Dominican priest of the 16th century, gave his advice in a book rightly called The Sinner’s Guide. In it, he gives a step-by-step plan for sinners who want to start practicing virtue and be released from their slavery to sin.
Here are a few spiritual tips he gives for those who want to reform their speech and be a light to those around them.