Being in contact with another person whose presence reveals an inner spirituality which meets our own desire can be truly inspiring. In one of his reflections, Thomas Merton describes a person who is centered in God as a window whose glass is invisible when the Light shines through. As people of good will, we need not hide behind safe words. We can dare to be true. Our media is so filled with words that bend the facts and political figures who “misspeak” that we have become numbed for lack of truth. To hear someone speak sincerely and with conviction, and to observe this in this person’s life stance is not only refreshing but encouraging. As Paul wrote, we are called not only to share the truth of the gospel but also to share it in our very selves.
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? What light do I share?
Whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.
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.
In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
If you put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.
In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.