Rorate Caeli

Truth is a Person: Jesus Christ


Have you noticed how often the call for freedom is made without ever referring to the truth of the human person? Some today argue that respect for freedom of the individual makes it wrong to seek truth, including the truth about what is good. In some circles to speak of truth is seen as controversial or divisive, and consequently best kept in the private sphere. And in truth's place or better said its absence an idea has spread which, in giving value to everything indiscriminately, claims to assure freedom and to liberate conscience. This we call relativism. But what purpose has a freedom which, in disregarding truth, pursues what is false or wrong? How many young people have been offered a hand which in the name of freedom or experience has led them to addiction, to moral or intellectual confusion, to hurt, to a loss of self-respect, even to despair and so tragically and sadly to the taking of their own life? Dear friends, truth is not an imposition. Nor is it simply a set of rules. It is a discovery of the One who never fails us; the One whom we can always trust. In seeking truth we come to live by belief because ultimately truth is a person: Jesus Christ. That is why authentic freedom is not an opting out. It is an opting in; nothing less than letting go of self and allowing oneself to be drawn into Christ's very being for others.
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Sometimes we are looked upon as people who speak only of prohibitions. Nothing could be further from the truth! Authentic Christian discipleship is marked by a sense of wonder. We stand before the God we know and love as a friend, the vastness of his creation, and the beauty of our Christian faith.
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Friends, again I ask you, what about today? What are you seeking? What is God whispering to you? The hope which never disappoints is Jesus Christ.

3 comments:

schoolman said...

Remember what Benedict said to the interreligious group...that the primary purpose of diologue is the "discovery of Truth..." Now we see the full significance of these words. Yes, "Truth is a Person: Jesus Christ"

Anonymous said...

Magnificent speech. Much more weighty than I would have expected for an audience of youth.

Anonymous said...

It's really quite convenient for Newchurch to say that Truth is a person, implicitly saying that it is not a series of propositions. Convenient, why? Because then their wildly novel teachings have no objective stamdard against which to be compared: a "person" is a very squishy thing, indeed, against which to determine truth or falsehood, particularly when the head modernist is invested with the authority to speak for that "person" in the context of a "living" tradition: that is, one that CHANGES, and does so CONSTANTLY.

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