I just read your recent post about lying, and I wanted to share something I’ve been thinking and preaching about recently. You may have already spent time with this possibility, but it seems clear to me that there’s also a terrible spiritual consequence to our lying. Here’s my logic:
When we lie to make life somehow easier or better for ourselves or others, we’re separating ourselves or others from reality. God loves us in reality, so when we separate ourselves or others from that reality, we potentially separate ourselves from receiving God’s love. It’s a kind of contraception. Jesus has promised to suffer with us as a way of showing us love. When we escape (or help others to escape) from suffering by lying, are we not also escaping from the place where God’s love is available to us?
God love you for speaking the truth in a world of lies, Padre. May God bless your work in the Vineyard! If I ever get out your way to speak (or you wind up in Seattle) let’s have lunch!