What is Truth?

Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt
Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

How do we decipher “Truth”?

Following in the footsteps of St. Dominic, our charism is to preach truth, but truth seems hard to distinguish and find lately. Does truth come from what we see on social media, or in the news, or from the mouths of politicians? How do we distinguish what is true, just, and holy while responding to the needs of our society and the world?

I recently had the opportunity to attend the St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture at Ohio Dominican University. At Mass, the responsorial psalm (Psalm 37:3-6, 30-31) struck me as being both timely and inspiring:

Response: The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom.
Trust in the Lord and do good,
that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security,
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will grant you your heart’s requests.
Response: The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom.
Commit to the Lord your way;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will make justice dawn for you like the light;
bright as the noonday shall be your vindication.
Response: The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom.
The mouth of the just tells of wisdom
and his tongue utters what is right.
The law of his God is in his heart,
and his steps do not falter.
Response: The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom.

Our Commitment to Peace

In times like these, our commitment to peace encourages us to remain vigilant and continue to seek out the truth. As we pray for truth and for our politicians and country, let us continue to seek credible sources, engage in necessary discussions, and avoid throwing our hands up in defeat.

“The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom;” reflecting on that verse has given me hope. I realize that a persistent murmur of truth and wisdom is often more effective than screams of inaccuracy and “alternate facts.”

Murmuring with Love

On this Valentine’s Day, let us continue to murmur with love and truth as we remember our strength comes from the risen Christ: “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Just as St. Dominic did, let us invite conversation and disputation in order to arrive at the truth in a peaceful and dignified way.

Posted in Peace & Justice Blog

2 responses to “What is Truth?

  1. Grateful Kelly for your words of wisdom and how to come to the truth in our Dominican way of conversation and disputation in a peaceful and dignified way.

    Blessings and peace,
    Brigid

  2. Thank you so much, Kelly, It is so important to fact check the truth by looking into our religious sources and beliefs. Dominican Fr. Michail Ford in care of the St. Jude Shrine in Chicago is having four preaching events in Kansas to encourage us to have hope in Christ in view of this crazy world we live in. Of course, we know that St. Jude is the patron of impossible cases.

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