Growing into the Truth We Speak – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey

Can we only speak when we are fully living what we are saying?  If all our words had to cover all our actions, we would be doomed to permanent silence!  Sometimes we are called to proclaim God’s love even when we are not yet fully able to live it.  Does that mean we are hypocrites?  Only when our own words no longer call us to conversion.  Nobody completely lives up to his or her own ideals and visions.  But by proclaiming our ideals and visions with great conviction and great humility, we may gradually grow into the truth we speak.  As long as we know that our lives always will speak louder than our words, we can trust that our words will remain humble.

For further reflection …

“Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.  Mercy triumphs over judgment!” – James 2: 12-13

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Sharing the message of the Gospel always comes down to one thing: a personal encounter with Jesus Christ through his word, his presence in the Eucharist, and his presence in other people.

-from Pope Francis and our Call to Joy

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“When we stand praying, beloved brethren, we ought to be watchful and earnest with our whole heart, intent on our prayers. Let all carnal and worldly thoughts pass away, nor let the soul at that time think on anything except the object of its prayer”

-St. Cyprian, On the Lord’s Prayer, 31.
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