Sunday, 20 April 2008

What is truth?

These days once more my reflections drift to the motto of the Dominican Order: Veritas!

I am wondering if we often enough think about about the Truth, talk about it and proclaim or preach it to others. Do we really think about "Truth" as something real? Do we live it? Do we belief in it?

Truth, we automatically There probably have been libraries written on this topic, but I just want to have a write a quick incoherent reflection on it myself as the reader of this blog are just to (the incoherent part I mean).
I think we, and maybe especially preachers - but then everybody is a preacher in his own environment, have to speak out about Truth again. We have to make it known again as something actual, something real. Society, at least as I see it, becomes more and more subjective, but truth is not subjective and knowledge of the Truth counteracts that. Truth is true, and truth is always true. Truth is not true for one person and not for another! This straight away points it beyond anything we know, as everything is this world passes away, everything changes. Thus, with maybe taking a few shortcuts, we can see that Truth points towards God, because only God is unchanging. So if we acknowledge God, and as a result are proclaiming the Truth to others, we again proclaim God to others.

The danger is through that we think or say that we proclaim the Truth, but that we really water it down and make is subjective to our own liking. This off course can happen on a unconscious level, but in my opinion this is done far too much deliberately, and first and foremost if it comes to explaining the Truth (eg God) to other people. Because we don't tell the Truth fully people don't get the benefits from the full Truth. The Truth gives us purpose and hope, and makes us part of the solid building of who Jesus Christ is the cornerstone.

In modern society there is not a lot of places where people can find solid ground, a solid point of focus for their lives. It is more needed than ever, solid hope, to stop God's children from running around from here to there because they are trying but cannot find a place of solid rest. By watering down the Turth we water down the foundation of this solid place of rest which is given to us, the solid rest of being in communion with God.

Back online

We haven't had internet for almost a month here in the priory. From Holy Saturday till now there have been technical problems, but I experienced that time as a real blessing! Nevertheless, with the connection restored, or at least working most of the time, I will put a quick post on this blog to keep it alive...

We are in the eighth month now of the noviciate. Spring has arrived, the summer is coming nearer! We can see it in nature but I also feel it in my life in the noviciate. There is a real sense of promise, of youth and of growth.

Over the last few years Easter has always be a big spiritual boost for me. Lent, and especially Holy week have been a experience of anticipation without really knowing what is going to happen. Off course we know, but I experience it as a time where everything seems unsure, not as fixed and certain as I thought it all was. Spiritually it really feels like a period in the desert, and there is the uncertainty if it will even end... however, the Resurrection came!

With now being more than seven months in the noviciate I think I really start to settle in God as it where. It seems to me that I have found a rock to stand on, and it helps me not to be as moved with the things around but to stay focused. It still means keeping the balance, as the rock is not terribly big, but it seems manageable. Disturbances during the day don't seem to throw me off balance as easy anymore. I really noiced that with the current problems in trying to find out the problem with the internet, an amount of patience that I didn't have before I think. Also I don't feel a need to "go out" or to "go away" and to "do something", but can be content with the present day, and what happens here and now.

I am sure the rock will become shaky at some time in the near future. I am very gratefull that we are given this time year of the noviciate to allow us to have time to spent in prayer, to have the time to establish a more profound relation with the Lord. I will cherish the time left this year to try in receiving a deeper understanding of and grow in a deeper comunion with our Lord . At present I enjoy the promise of its solid support and realise that it will be vital in the future!

This is just one of my own reflections, I hope it makes sense to you the reader as well!

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