We were asked to consider ways we have seen this to be true in our lives and dealings with others:
- in society, where moral norms/truth are downplayed in order not to ‘offend’ others.
- the importance of prayer when we feel the need to speak ‘truth’ to another; what gets in the way?
- recall the scriptural reference for correction: go to your brother, if he does not listen, go again taking another person with you, and if he still doesn’t listen, take it to the community.
- we also recognized that our intentions must be guided by love for our brother when we ‘fraternally correct’ him
- other things mentioned that were tied to the discussion: entitlement society, sexual immorality, the need for conscience formation
- we paused to consider what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say about Truth (you may want to review CCC #2465-2492). In part, “The Old Testament attests that God is the source of all truth, His Word is truth. His Law is truth…in Jesus the whole of God’s truth is manifest…”the truth will make you free” (Jn 8:32). To his disciples Jesus teaches the unconditional love of truth: “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes or No.’
What do you think?