May 8

Reflection

At the present time, claims to the truth appear to divide rather than to unite us. The disregard for facts in the pursuit of secular and religious power, fame or wealth surrounds us and makes us skeptical and cynical. Lying with impunity seems to be a current practice in the highest ranks of national power. Different religious or political groups claim special insights. If we call ourselves Christian, let us consider Jesus. Jesus asked that we be “consecrated in truth”, that as his disciples we live aware of God’s presence, that our standards not be for our own selfish goals but to witness to the truth. Tolerance alone is not enough. It can be patronizing. We can be immensely intolerant and condescending of those who differ from us, But, seeking to live in truth can be transformative. If we are disciples of Jesus, we need to reflect on how to be bearers of a truth that overcomes divisions, builds union, and heals the wounds in our national character.

Prayer

May we be consecrated in truth.

Action

How can I seek the truth in situations? How can I cut through false rhetoric and posturing?  Do I participate in this? Do I adhere to it? What standard can I use to measure my view of what is true and speak it ?

Suggested Reading

I gave them your word, and the world hated them,
because they do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
I do not ask that you take them out of the world
but that you keep them from the evil one.
They do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
so I sent them into the world.
And I consecrate myself for them,
so that they also may be consecrated in truth.
John 17:11-19

Let us ask ourselves: what truth do the works of us Christians attest to, our words, our choices?  Everyone can ask themselves: am I a witness to the truth, or am I more or less a liar disguised as a true person?
Pope Francis

Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.
Mahatma Gandhi

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
John F. Kennedy

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer

In a free society, there comes a time when the truth — however hard it may be to hear, however impolitic it may seem to say — must be told.
Al Gore

In politics a lie unanswered becomes truth in 24 hours.
Willie Brown

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.
William Faulkner

Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.
Spencer Johnson

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie.  One word of truth outweighs the world.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

 

 

 

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