We must receive truth
As we continue pondering where and how we might know and see truth in a world so filled with competing voices and claims on us, my reflection this week takes us into something quite other. It is a quieter voice, yet profoundly powerful. It draws us away from the clamour and reaches out to us right where we are. And we are invited to receive this truth. Not discuss it, debate it or analyse it. Simply receive it.
In all religious traditions adherents are presented with any number of rather ‘heady’ propositions, statements of belief. But as we engage with those there is a point at which we really have to move from our head into our heart if these truths are going to shape, mould and transform us. As religious historian, Karen Armstrong, writes in The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness, “Religion is not about accepting twenty impossible propositions before breakfast, but about doing things that change you. The myths and laws of religion are not true because they conform to some metaphysical, scientific or historical reality but because they are life enhancing. They tell you how human nature functions, but you will not discover their truth unless you apply these myths and doctrines to your own life and put them into practice”.
Ms Kerry McCullough
Spirituality and Liturgy Co-ordinator