Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 18 July 2016

by Anthony Egan SJ

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – (John 8.32) 

It is easy to pretend, when it suits us, that there is no real truth out there, only our interpretation. Granted interpretation matters; but it must be an interpretation of something. The truth of what we interpret must, as the poet Walt Whitman noted, satisfy the soul. When we look at reality honestly, interpret it to the best of our ability, and the interpretation gives us a sense that what we think is really true, we are truly free.


Loving God,

help us to seek truth in all areas of our lives.

Make us uncomfortable with mere opinion or what seems   expedient.

For in seeking truth that satisfies our souls, we encounter the Truth that is You.


Fr Anthony Egan SJ

Fr Anthony Egan SJ (born Cape Town 1966; entered the Jesuits 1990; ordained 2002) has taught, full-time or part-time, at St Augustine College of South Africa, St John Vianney Seminary, Fordham University (on sabbatical) and the University of the Witwatersrand. The author/co-author of a number of books, book chapters, academic and popular articles, he is a correspondent for America magazine, a contributor to Worldwide and writes for spotlight.africa. He is also a commentator on local and international radio and television. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Helen Suzman Foundation. Extramural interests include Science Fiction, Theatre, Art and creative writing, including poetry.

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