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St. Stanislaus

Acts 6:8-15
Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
John 6:22-29

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the truth is not negotiable

"The way of truth I have chosen." —Psalm 119:30

Jesus, the Truth (Jn 14:6), stood for the truth. He paid for this stand with His life, as His opponents used deceit, lies, and intimidation of witnesses to condemn Him to death. St. Stephen stood for the truth. He paid for this stand with his life, as his opponents likewise used deceit, lies, and intimidation of witnesses to condemn him to death.

The Catholic Church stands for the truth, regardless of whether or not the truth is "politically correct." The Church proclaims the truths that Jesus is really present in the Holy Eucharist, that marriage is only between one man and one woman, that homosexual acts are always sinful, that abortion is murder, that contraception is sinful and contrary to God's plan even though most Christian denominations have refused to teach this, that the poor must be defended and have a special dignity, and many other unpopular truths.

In this culture of death and throughout human history, those dedicated to a cause contrary to the truth have generally refused to repent and humbly submit themselves to the truth. These opponents of the truth instead change the language to "call evil good, and good evil" (Is 5:20). These people try to intimidate others into exchanging "the truth of God for a lie" (Rm 1:25).

People of God, imitate Jesus and St. Stephen. "Even to the death fight for truth, and the Lord your God will battle for you" (Sir 4:28). The truth is not negotiable. Speak the truth in love (see Eph 4:15). "The truth will set you free" (Jn 8:32).

Prayer:  Father, "we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the sake of the truth" (2 Cor 13:8). Give Your Church and its members Your very own strength.

Promise:  "This is the work of God: have faith in the One Whom He sent." —Jn 6:29

Praise:  St. Stanislaus warned the king of danger to his soul and was martyred.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 6, 2015

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