…our need for truth is inescapable.
Instead of conforming ourselves to what is, we twist everything around, in our words and thoughts, to fit our own deformity.
The seat of this deformity is in the will. Although we still may speak the truth, we are more and more losing our desire to live according to the truth. Our wills are not true, because they refuse to accept the laws of our own being: they fail to work along the lines demanded by our own reality. Our wills are plunged in false values, and they have dragged our minds along with them, and our restless tongues bear constant witness to the disorganization inside our souls.
— Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, Sincerity
I’m not sure I can imagine a better description of where we are, as a culture, right now.
Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
May God help us. Amen.
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