Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cards on the Table!

This is one expression of those playing a game of cards asking to show what cards the players have by placing them open on the table.  The same thing happens when we express, seek, or ask for the truth.  We keep an open conversation, not keeping or hiding any agenda or important detail.

That may be the basis of any true and sincere relationship.  It is being true to God, yourself, and the neighbor.  It is based on truth and openness, keeping out any sense or movement of deception. In fact that’s what the original derivation of the word ‘sincere’ comes from: the Latin ‘sine cera’ – translated ‘without the wax’.  It means taking off those wax masks that actors or actresses may put on in a play or opera.  Our main goal in the search for truth is to get to the reality of things for the good of humanity, not hide the truth because of some vested or personal interest which may be disadvantageous or prejudicial to any member of our common humanity.  Let’s remember what the Lord Jesus had said: “The truth shall set you free” (Jn. 8:32). 

Let’s always endeavor to be grounded in the truth since Our Lord Jesus Christ has plainly told us: “The devil is a murderer and the father of lies” (Jn. 8:44).  If we humbly love the truth, live the truth and tell the truth, we are likely to escape from the devil’s clutches since he is a liar and the father of lies (cf. Jn. 8:44).  So truly was it said by the saints, like St. Teresa: “Humility is truth.”

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