Words come to life within a person. Who we are speaks louder than what we say. We cannot hide our character under our words for very long. It is easy to bluster against evil actions or to speak in pious language but eventually our listeners see through us. We cannot hide behind safe words. We are called not only to share the truth of the gospel but also to share it in our very selves. Those whose presence reveals an inner spirituality and integrity can be truly inspiring.
May I speak the truth in love.
Am I afraid to speak what I truly believe? Do my words allow others to understand my beliefs and aspirations? Where do I share my very self?
I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.
We were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well.
I Thessalonians 2:7b-9
Teach by works more than by words.
St. Teresa of Avila
Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.
Saint Anthony of Padua
Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.
Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions.
Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.
We too often bind ourselves by authorities rather than by the truth.
You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry; for whatever a man’s actions are, such must be his spirit.