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Finding the Truth

November 14, 2017 by  
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Finding the Truth

The Lord (Week 22 of 23)

It is a great mistake to believe that man can find truth in himself or in the things around him easily. It is not uncommon for someone particularly honored for his profundity and natural piety to suddenly break out with statements about God and Christ that are so false, so incomprehensibly distorted, that one is stricken by the heaven-shocking questionableness and unredeemed preposterousness of his views.

The Lord, Part 7: Chapter VII, Paragraph 5

Conversion is an ongoing process, though experiencing that reality is far different from the mere statement of it.

Nearly two decades ago, I (rather reluctantly and still very full of myself) entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. When people ask me for my conversion story, though, I'm often tempted to start after that Vigil Mass: From my perspective, I've come further in the time since becoming Catholic.

Not long ago, I was in a meeting and found myself completely shocked by what I heard someone I respected saying. It sounded, in fact, like heresy.

This points to the problem Guardini outlines for us in today's reading, and which struck me on the second reading as much as it did on the first.

I've spent all of my Catholic life working in Catholic circles: as a writer and author, as a parish employee, as a speaker and persona. I've worked with and for apostolates and non-profits and businesses.

And oh my word, it is so easy to get full of yourself and of your view of things, which includes God and faith.

You don't have to look far to see this in action. We're all susceptible to it, whether we're priests or religious, parents or children, converts or raised in the faith. We can be completely ignorant or full of book-learning.

There's a great temptation to think we know and that in the knowing, we become the source of the truth. We aren't, though: Truth comes from God alone.

Is it pride that tempts us to search and trust ourselves for the truth? Then let us embrace the Litany of Humility.

And when or if we should be the cause of false preposterous statements, then let us accept correction humbly. (That's easier written than done.)

Reading Assignment:

Part 7: Ch. VIII-End of Book

Discussion Questions:

1. When have you made the mistake of finding the truth in yourself? How did you reconcile that moment with the actual truth in God?

2. What of Guardini's treatment of the Apocalypse and the Book of Revelation has been most enlightening to you?

Feel free to comment on anything from our assignment this past week!

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Sarah Reinhard continues to delight ”and be challenged by” her vocations of Catholic wife and mother. She's online at and is the author of a number of books for families.

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