Thursday, May 30, 2013

What is Truth?

"What is truth?" so says Pontius Pilate to Truth Himself.

Frank Weathers quotes Thomas Merton  on What is Truth.

How is it that our comfortable society has lost its sense of the value off truthfulness? Life has become so easy that we think we can get along without telling the truth. A liar no longer needs to feel that his lies may involve him in starvation. If living were a little more precarious, and if a person who could not be trusted found it more difficult to get along with other men, we would not deceive ourselves and one another so carelessly.
But the whole world has learned to deride veracity or to ignore it. Half the civilized world makes a living by telling lies. Advertising, propaganda, and all the other forms of publicity that have taken the place of truth have taught men to take it for granted that they can tell other people whatever they like provided that it sounds plausible and evokes a kind of shallow emotional response.
And Thomas Merton quotes St. Paul ...

The truth is in Jesus: [so] put off, according to former conversation, the old man, who is corrupted according to the desire of error And be renewed in the spirit of your mind:  And put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth.   (Eph. 4:21-24)

And Frank Weathers frankly sums it up ...

The Catholic Church’s teachings are true. It is sad that we so easily undermine this fact through actions that point to another conclusion: recognizing the truth is not enough. We have to do something about it.

He then goes on to encourage us to pray for Cardinal Dolan and all the bishops.

Why?  Because when Cardinal Dolan says, "We must never pay for abortions and contraception - not even indirectly through insurance premiums!" and then himself goes and pays for abortions and contraception indirectly through insurance premiums - making light of and glibly excusing the whole affair - when Cardinal Dolan does that, he is not conveying the Truth.

Any normal man on the street would say, "If you believed what you teach, dear sir, you'd live by it.  Your lips say it's true, your actions say it's false."

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My friends, I am tired of lying by word and by deed.  I am tired of some of you defending it.  I am tired of wishing in my sinful heart to defend it myself.  I am tired of the part of me that loves the lie and wants to live by it, for the lie is a comfortable fiction, while the truth is disturbingly distressing.  I am tired of the old man within me, who is "corrupted according to the desire of error" (elsewhere translated: deceitful desires).  I am tired every day of falling shy of being conformed to the new man, in justice and holiness of truth.

And I am tired of the tribalism.  It's not Live Action vs. Mark Shea.  It's not Cardinal Dolan vs. Kevin O'Brien.  It's not My Interpretation of the Catechism vs. Your Interpretation of the Catechism.

It's One Faith, One Baptism, One Lord of all.

And it's us trying to live up to Him but failing every day - and feeling more and more comfortable with explaining away our failures and with excusing the failures of our shepherds, as if we could Live the Lie and make ourselves happy in doing so.

Well, the main thing my recent 10 month Dark Night of the Soul has taught me, it's that you can't live the lie.  Without that V, live becomes lie, and living becomes a living death.

The Truth, after all, will indeed set us free.


 

4 comments:

Tom Leith said...

No, no, no. Truthiness will set us free.

"Truthiness is tearing apart our country, and I don't mean the argument over who came up with the word…

It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that's not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It's certainty. People love the President because he's certain of his choices as a leader, even if the facts that back him up don't seem to exist. It's the fact that he's certain that is very appealing to a certain section of the country. I really feel a dichotomy in the American populace. What is important? What you want to be true, or what is true?…

Truthiness is 'What I say is right, and [nothing] anyone else says could possibly be true.' It's not only that I feel it to be true, but that I feel it to be true. There's not only an emotional quality, but there's a selfish quality." -- Stephen Colbert in an AV Club Interview

Anonymous said...

This is a very good post by Frank Weathers. I am also tired of living the lie. Let the chips fall where they may. I'm not defending this ridiculous hypocrisy of the cardinal. It is what it is.

Michael Booey said...

Dolan is a mediocre individual, you can't compromise, if you give the Devil an inch he'll take a mile.

Michael Booey said...

*mediocre cardinal