Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Deacon F. K. Bartels

3/30/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

The beauty of Truth: it is God's own voice directing you into the depth of his heart of Love.

There is something irresistible about the truth. You might try to bury it; that will not, however, bring satisfaction and serenity but only an irritating and persistent urge to seek it all the more. Although it is often mistakenly thought that an end can be brought to this desire by acquiring material objects, the heart cannot long be fooled, the depth of Eternal Beauty continues to draw you.

Highlights

By Deacon F. K. Bartels

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/30/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Truth, beauty, goodness, catholic church, Christ bears witness to the truth, Jesus Christ, Deacon F. K. Bartels


GLADE PARK, CO (Catholic Online) -- In Dignitatus Humanae Pope Paul VI wrote, "All men are bound to seek the truth, especially in what concerns God and his Church, and to embrace it and hold on to it as they come to know it" (DH 1, part 2). This duty, notes the Catechism of the Catholic Church, derives from "the very dignity of the human person" (DH 2).

In his encyclical Caritas In Veritate Pope Benedict XVI noted that the truth is necessary for the authentic development of the human person. Love and truth cannot be separated, to love is to live the truth and convey the truth of Jesus Christ and his Church to others. In seeking the truth and adhering to it once found, the human person is opened to God and his plan, and therefore transformed by the love of God as he walks the path of eternal life.

"[Love] is a force that has its origin in God, Eternal Love and Absolute Truth. Each person finds his good by adherence to God's plan for him, in order to realize it fully: in this plan, he finds his truth, and through adherence to this truth he becomes free (cf. Jn 8:32). To defend the truth, to articulate it with humility and conviction, and to bear witness to it in life are therefore exacting and indispensable forms of charity. Charity, in fact, 'rejoices in the truth'" (1 Cor 13:6; CIV 1).

But seeking and acquiring the truth has become complicated, or so it can seem. We live in a world of sound bites and catchy phrases, a place often ruled by media hype and thousands upon thousands of outlandish opinions. Our children are taught not so much to seek and fall in love with the beauty of truth, but to memorize formulas and equations they may find useful in the secular world. In many colleges and universities, religious truth is something examined under the harsh and calculating eye of indifference and rationalism. Dogma is the sworn enemy, for it stifles the mind and retards human progress, so they say.

In such a world, the beauty of truth is drowned out by the trumpet blast of relativism. So widespread has the attack on truth become that, for many, there is no escaping the influence of those who seek to crush it. The world has become a place of uncertainty, chaos, disagreement, and disillusionment. It is a place gone quite insane. Consequently, the journey into truth is a forgotten one. Often, it is never begun.

Have you tried to bury the truth? It is interesting, how you attempt to hide from it. You sweep it into the closet and slam the door tightly shut upon it. In order to shore up yourself and your lifestyle, it seems the easier thing to do. Then, you quickly turn your attention to the sound bites, to music and noise and television, to work or leisure or the weekend in hope of cutting off the whispering voice within. You place your trust in something you have once been told, in the way you were raised, in those philosophies to which you cling. However, the truth cannot be entirely silenced. It calls you to take stock of your life, to bring out what is hidden and examine it in the light, to change as is necessary, and to embrace a new way of living.

The truth shouts: become a new person!

Some are afraid of these things. They are afraid of what the truth might uncover. It is bizarre, because trying to escape from the truth is more futile than trying to hide from the blazing light of the sun. Eventually, we will have to face it. However, the longer we remain in the dark, the more we like it, the more normal it seems. As our skin grows pale and our health wanes, we stubbornly remain there, shielding our eyes from the life-giving light of truth because we are afraid of the pain we perceive it might bring.

Nevertheless, the thirst for truth remains.

The last truth many of us refuse to uncover is human mortality. Death is ignored as the unseen enemy who silently lurks on a faraway horizon. Yet this life will end in the blink of an eye. From the perspective of the future, you will look with astonishment on its fleeting nature. The last day is upon you; perhaps it is today. That we cannot escape death is one of the most fruitful truths on which we can meditate. Death's finger will touch you and all your friends. However, it is not the end. It does not have the last word. Jesus Christ is risen.

In the face of all these things, the beauty of truth remains, unchangeable, eternal and everlasting as is God himself. Every human heart thirsts for it, for the simple reason that each person longs for God. There is no escaping that longing. Why not drink from the well of Truth springing up to eternal life? Why not quench your thirst with Jesus Christ? Why not sate your desire with the truth faithfully transmitted by the Bride of Christ, the Church?

What is interesting is that God knows we long for the truth. That is no surprise, you say. However, while it is painfully obvious, it is often overlooked. Why would God withhold the truth from his children? For many looking in from the outside, it appears God indeed withholds the truth. The evidence is incontrovertible, they say. Christians cannot agree on anything, it seems. Some of the most basic tenets of the faith are in dispute between Christian brothers and sisters. If we are one family, why not eat at the same table? We cannot do so because we are not yet fully one and united, a unity for which Jesus himself prayed. We are in communion by virtue of our baptism, but it is imperfect, wounded.

God knows we long for the truth. And he does not withhold it, for to do so would be an unusual cruelty. God the Father sent his only Son into the world to bear witness to the truth (Jn 18:37). Jesus Christ, the Son of God who assumed human flesh, founded an institution of truth as a beacon of light on a hill: the Catholic Church (cf. Matthew 16:17-19; 1 Tim 3:15). Pouring out his blood on the cross, he gave life to the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church whose eyes remain unwaveringly fixed on her Beloved. Throughout her two-thousand years, she has unfailingly guarded and transmitted the deposit of Christian faith. She freely offers the words of Christ and the truth about the human family to all nations and all people, at all times and in all places.

Given the brutal, frequent attacks mother Church has suffered down through the ages, the terrifying battles she has fought and won, and the millions of holy martyrs who have willingly poured out their sacred blood in her name, there is no explanation for her longevity other than the finger of God. Indeed! The gates of hell will not prevail against her, for they cannot withstand her saving cry nor hold out against her magnificent beauty. She crushes stone walls of falseness, destroys barriers of pretense, chases away evil and darkness with the light of Christ, and continuously bears the flag of truth in the world.

Truth is her voice, beauty her hand, goodness her battle cry.

There is something about the truth. You might try to bury it; that will not, however, bring satisfaction and serenity but only an irritating and persistent urge to seek it all the more. Although it is often mistakenly thought that an end can be brought to this desire by acquiring material objects, the heart cannot long be fooled, the depth of Eternal Beauty continues to draw you.

On finding the truth, your heart first cries with joy: "I have attained the treasure!" it says. Then, it begins to rest in the security, beauty and goodness of the truth. You fall in love with it all the more deeply, for its magnificence exceeds all boundaries and it nourishes you with a sublimity never before known. Its fragrance is everlasting; its light new, wondrous, unforgettable, creative. Your heart sings: "I am home!"

The beauty of Truth: it is God's own voice directing you into the depth of his heart of Love.

-----

Deacon Fred Bartels is a member of the Catholic clergy who serves the diocese of Pueblo. He knows his Catholic Faith is one of the greatest gifts a man could ever receive. He is a contributing writer for Catholic Online. Visit him also at joyintruth.com

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Universal:
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.



Comments


More Living Faith

'Dear President Obama:' 6-year-old's letter inspires the nation Watch

Image of We can all learn from Alex.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A six-year-old boy named Alex witnessed the heartbreaking images of children in Aleppo, Syria. One picture in particular caught his eye and, unable to stand by and do nothing, penned a letter to US President Barack Obama. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The image ... continue reading


'Dear President Obama:' 6-year-old's letter inspires the nation Watch

Image of We can all learn from Alex.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A six-year-old boy named Alex witnessed the heartbreaking images of children in Aleppo, Syria. One picture in particular caught his eye and, unable to stand by and do nothing, penned a letter to US President Barack Obama. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The image ... continue reading


Celebrate St. Francis of Assisi with his top 10 quotes Watch

Image of How will St. Francis of Assisi challenge you today?

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Today is St. Francis of Assisi's birthday! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - St. Francis Assisi was born Giovanni de Bernardino to a wealthy merchant in Assisi, Umbria, in 1181.As a youth, St. Francis lived a lavish life of wealth, feasts and joy.[media ... continue reading


'There's a growing belief that religion is not a positive for American society' - How the Church impacts the US Watch

Image of What impact does the Church have on the United States?

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A new report revealed exactly how faith and religion impact the United States - and you won't believe what researchers found. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to a report published at Faith Counts, the "growing belief that religion doesn't contribute ... continue reading


Gee, thanks Pope Francis! Why it is now harder to get a miracle Watch

Image of Pope Francis has made it harder to certify a medical miracle.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis has approved new rules that will improve scientific accuracy when evaluating miracles. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Before a person is beatified, a miracle is required. Before a person can be canonized, two miracles are required. Miracles provide ... continue reading


CT scan reveals Biblical discovery in ancient scroll Watch

Image of The scroll revealed part of Leviticus.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An ancient scroll's charred remains were discovered after a fire at the Dead Sea. Scientists believed they would never discover what was written inside - until now. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to <a ... continue reading


Newsanchor's rosary and crucifix jewelry stirs up atheist community Watch

Image of Italian newscaster criticized for wearing crucifix and rosary beads on air.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Italian anchorwomen Marina Nalesso was criticized for wearing a crucifix necklace and rosary prayer beads while reading the news. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Daily Express, Nalesso has worn such accessories several times in the past without ... continue reading


Child saint recorded opening eyes in AMAZING supernatural video Watch

Image of Child saint recorded blinking her eyes 300 years after death (Obscura habitacion/YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A miracle was recorded at the Cathedral of Guadalajara when Santa Inocencia Bares (St. Innocence Bares), whose body is on display, blinked her eyes. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - St. Innocence Bares was murdered by her father 300-years ago after she took Holy ... continue reading


Miracles...are a sign of God's presence' - Vatican changes miracle verification Watch

Image of Pope Francis approves changes for miracle attribution.

By Hannah Brockhaus (CNA/EWTN News)

Changes to the regulations for confirming alleged miracles during the causes of saints aim to preserve the scientific rigor of the examination and maintain its distinction from matters of theology, it was announced Friday. Vatican City, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - The ... continue reading


'...the death penalty can only function as ... killing'- Archbishop calls California to vote for Prop 62 Watch

Image of Los Angeles Archbishop pleads to end the death penalty.

By (CNA/EWTN News)

Californians should vote for Proposition 62, a ballot measure to end the death penalty, the Archbishop of Los Angeles has said in a reflection on justice, Catholic teaching and American society. LOS ANGELES, CA (CNA/EWTN News) - "It is time for us to end the death ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 1:6-22
6 One day when the sons of God came to attend on Yahweh, among them came ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 17:1, 2-3, 6-7
1 [Prayer Of David] Listen, Yahweh, to an upright cause, pay attention to ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 9:46-50
46 An argument started between them about which of them was the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 26th, 2016 Image

Sts. Cosmas & Damian
September 26: Sts. Cosmas and Damian were brothers, born in ... Read More