Small Christian communities provide an environment in which members read and wrestle with the meaning of Scripture, church teaching and faith in order to find the truth of what God speaks to them. The wrestling is important, because Catholics don't generally question enough to make Scripture or church teaching their own.
This series of columns by the Dominican Sisters Conference hopes to open Global Sisters Report's readership to a conversation on truth.
Is there a link between God's truth and what can be done for our world by means of justice? Does that link suggest how we are to preach in today's troubled world? Looking at the details of truth as it relates to justice might be the link.
In the midst of polarization and uncertainty, we, as people of faith, are called to preach truth, and to be truth-tellers.
Processing my recent 29 years in the Mississippi Delta, I have come to believe that the truth found in the stories of people's lives here, now, today, made my years there some of the best in my life. People's stories invited me to the deep truth about the connection, understanding and bonding which is part of the human heart.
Get out your old state driver's manual, the one that helped you to prepare for the written driving test before you ever got behind the wheel. Turn to the section on road signs and find the sign for two-way traffic. It may just be what's needed to help you negotiate what's being called our "post-truth" era.
Truth can become corrupted if we latch on to some piece of data that fits a preconceived notion of our own, but that is not critically examined. Truth also entails that we live with a heart open to others.
In this public morass, is there a contribution to be made by Dominican sisters who claim that their grounding principle is veritas (truth)? We might take a lesson from our Dominican brother Thomas Aquinas and his ideas on the discipline of study.
Preaching truth is needed now as much as it was in the time of the ancient biblical prophets who had to deal with many of the same political, social, economic and religious challenges that people face today in a 21st-century world.
I've been struggling with the concept of truth for some time now. And in today's political climate, I'm not the only one.
Of course, we don't really like the word lie or, worse, liar. So we create new words like "alternative facts" so that we don't have to face the truth ... of the lie.