Lent- The Truth

Sirach 5:9-13 is real wisdom for today. “Be quick to hear but deliberate in answering” – and in the Lenten action: “speak gently and truthfully: I was in a meeting today with two other adults. I was asked a question . It would have been easy to answer in a gentle way that would have made everyone feel comfortable – but, it would not have been truthful.  I would have been doing everyone a disservice. I chose the truthful response and it didn’t feel good, but it let everyone know where I stood and that I felt there was more work to be done on the issue.  Silence and disapproval followed.  I felt like fleeing the room. Speaking the truth is as important as “hearing” or as Saint Benedict says:  “listening with the ear of the heart”. Both are needed in situations where there is a true desire for  reconciliation. Both speaking gently and speaking truthfully are difficult, if not impossible, without the grace of God. I pray for strength and discernment this Lent to grow in the ability to do both this Lent.

About WalkingwithBenedict

I love how scripture comes alive with messages for our lives today. In praying with scripture, we are called into deeper relationship with God and others. We are called to the growth in love, hospitality, peace, humility, stewardship and hope. St Benedict's Rule provides a lens for how scripture can be lived in our lives today whether we live inside or outside a monastery.
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One Response to Lent- The Truth

  1. Peggy M says:

    A few decades ago someone said in a seminar I was attending “you are what you speak:” The more I think about it the more sense it makes. Keeping our word to another, keeping faith, blessing, not cursing another. It really gives one pause.

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