Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Knowing the truth of any situation is different than dwelling on a the self-talk our minds generate from any and all experiences of life. When I ‘know’ my perception of the facts in life, and speak about what I am afraid of, what I want, or what I am angry about, I am not dealing with the truth but rather my perception of so-called reality. The truth that Jesus speaks of is the mercy of God at work in all experiences of humanity. The Beatitudes of Jesus are statements of the truth. The recurrent themes of all of scripture – of God’s care for creation, of the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, the sanctity of suffering or the holiness of humility and etcetera –are all facets of the truth that Jesus referred to. The truth from a divine perspective is the most life-giving subject to understand and to speak of. In any given circumstances, I have the opportunity to explore ‘my truth’ or to know ‘the truth’ that is based on God’s immutable mercy rather than on my subjective will. Whenever I have occasion to open my mouth, I have the opportunity to speak ‘my truth’ and put into motion the complexities of pride, recognition and self-will, or to speak ‘the truth’ and to contribute to the glory of God in the healing and holiness of all individuals, all families and all communities. Christ Jesus, help me know the truth and to speak it.
If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. (John 8:31-32 )
Live in holy joy and fly from anything that would dissipate your spirit.St. Paul of the Cross
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.