Sifting for Truth
Today’s contemporary society inundates us with information and opinions. We can google anything to acquire more knowledge. At other times, we may throw up our hands in exasperation because we just want to know the truth. Such confusion about truth was apparent during Jesus ministry and the time of the early Church. Jesus was frequently confronted about truth. Pilate exclaimed to Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38) Jesus says, “The truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) In this mini-retreat, we will explore what is truth and how to sift for the truth as a disciple of Jesus.
Session I: Give It To Me Straight
This mini-retreat opens with the recognition that we sift for truth often in our lives. It is part of our DNA to want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Notice how both the Old and New Testaments are about the truth, too.
Session I Reflection Question: When have you had to sift for truth in your own life experience? In a relationship? As a parent? In a “deal too good to be true?”
Session II: Not Immediately Apparent
Today you will hear how the truth is gradually discovered through time and reflection.
Reflection Question: How has the recognition of truth transformed a relationship?
Session III: Tools for Sifting
The tools offered here will help you to grow in your relationship with God, self and others.
Reflection Question: St. Teresa of Avila stressed the importance self-knowledge as foundational to the spiritual life. How have you grown in self-knowledge? How has the embrace of truth (revealed to you by God or others) set you free from darkness and brought you into light?