The Simple Truth!

Ecclesiastes 5:4

When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it; for He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow.

Lots of people go around these days looking for esoteric knowledge from Ascended Masters because we have an abiding horror of the Same Old Thing.  But when you cross the Desert of Solitude and climb the Mystic Crystal Mountain to reach the Cave of Enlightenment, you find the truth inscribed on the Golden Plates of Wisdom: “Little boys should tell the truth” and “Honesty is the best policy” and “Don’t be a tattletale” and “Keep your mitts of other people’s stuff.”  A simpler and less rigorous approach to this pursuit of Hidden Universal Truth is to stop imagining it’s hidden and start recognizing that all the deepest truths about how to live are freely and publicly given through Jesus Christ, who affirms the common sense morality of the Old Testament and your grandmother (like today’s exhortation to “Keep your promises”).  Today, don’t make a production out of discovering something you already knew since you were in diapers.  Live the simple truth.

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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