When a person speaks badly of a friend, he destroys the reputation and the honour of a brother who has the right to enjoy respect.
One day Padre Pio said to a penitent: “When you gossip about a person it means that you have removed the person from your heart. But be aware, when you remove a man from your heart, Jesus also goes away from your heart with that man.”
Once, Padre Pio was invited to bless a house. But when he reached the entrance of the kitchen he said: “There are snakes here. I do not want to go in”. And then he said to a priest that often went to that house to eat: “Don’t go to that house because they say unpleasant things about their brothers and sisters.”