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Proverbs 27:19

As in water face answers to face, so the mind of man reflects the man.

This image of our ability for self-knowledge is beautifully accurate.  Note that the inspired writer does not say, “As in a mirror face answers to face,” but “as in water.”  Water reflects (to a degree), but water also distorts.  Disturb water just a little and the reflection vanishes.  Disturb the mind just a little and our ability to measure ourselves is gone as well.  This is part of why community and confession are so important in the life of the Christian.  We simply don’t know our own minds nearly as well as we think we do.  Today, take a step toward community and accountability and get away from the rugged individualism our culture preaches.  The Body of Christ has many members.  Draw near to them in love and ask God to give you wisdom through his Church.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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