(The Way of Perfection, Chapter 5)
"Instead, associate with a religious
man, who you are sure keeps the commandments;
Who is like-minded with yourself and will
feel for you if you fall. Then, too, heed
your own heart's counsel; for what have you
that you can depend on more? A man's conscience
can tell him his situation better than seven
watchmen in a lofty tower. Most important
of all, pray to God to set your feet in the
path of truth." (1)
The light of Truth cannot shine through
The stained recesses of the heart;
And distorted perceptions skew,
What little light Truth does impart.
The bearer of a conscience clear,
With heart which has nothing to hide,
Submits humbly to rays that sear --
Only with Truth can Love abide.
At times, Truth's light is refracted,
Through hearts He sends to guide our way;
The humble heart's not distracted,
But soaks in all they have to say.
All truths must be tested with care,
Against the Truth that is His Word;
No learned soul can be aware,
Of ev'ry truth which has been heard.
The light of Truth, when received right,
Clears hearts of all that blurs their
May the Spirit of Truth enlighten us and
encourage us to be lifelong disciples of
learning His ways.
1. Sirach 37:12-15
(c) Paul Buis, 2004