Backbiting Tongue

Fr. Belet

SKU: 6735

Originally written in French in 1870, Fr. Belet wages war against one of the worst sins of his (and our) time - backbiting - better known to us as detraction (telling the faults of others without cause). Most of us do not realize how evil this sin is. In fact, many of us don't think it's a sin at all. After ruining someone's reputation, or satisfying our anger (and yes, hatred) by spewing out every bad thing we can say about someone, we justify ourselves by saying, "Well, it's true!" We even think we are acting justly by giving someone what they deserve... little do we see things from God's point of view, to whom these are vile sins - a form of hatred of neighbor - a failure to do the two things necessary - to love God and our neighbor (Mt. 22:37-40).

In his war on detraction, Fr. Belet drafts into his army all the best men of Western Civilization: Aristotle, Plato, Horace, Seneca, Pliny, the Roman Emperor Constantine, King David, Isaiah, Saints James, Luke, Matthew, Paul, John Chrysostom, Jerome, Cassian, Gregory the Great, Augustine, Bernard, Thomas Aquinas, and many, many others. A fascinating little book - well worth its cost.

78 pp. Pocket size, softcover.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Sobering, Eye-Opening, Life-Changing

Incredible book that will change your life. You will acquire the great habit of weighing your words before you cast them.


This booklet is almost scary when you realize what your tongue has done to others. This is a must read for most of us.

This is the best book!!

A must have immediately in your library!! I had recently been in an argument with my brother over some things related to work. And I was reading out of the bible from the book of Proverbs where it says a backbiting tongue makes for an angry countenance. I realized that the more I spoke poorly about my brother or others, the angrier and more agitated I had become. The verse finally hit me in the heart, my speaking of another person in a disparaging way regardless of the why or "seeming" justification of it, was FLAT OUT WRONG! I found this book by looking on the internet to find out what the word "backbiting" meant. This AMAZING book guided me in clear and enjoyable detail as to what it means. This book also opened me up to the great teaching I had never known about from this great man. Thank you soo much!!