I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth. (3 John)
Immersed in Truth
An Intellectual Vision immerses us in truth. It reveals previously hidden insights about God, the world, and self. This gift of truth comes from God and stands supreme to any other truth we find in the world. Teresa says, “It also happens very quickly and ineffably that God will show within himself a truth that seems to leave in obscurity all those there are in creatures, and one understands very clearly that God alone is Truth, unable to lie.”
Walking in truth is much larger than providing technically correct information. We can be “accurate” without living in truth. When God reveals truth, we see ourselves for who we really are. This self-knowledge leads to humility. God also gives discernment about the “falsehood” in the world. But healthy discernment about falsehood never leads to judgmental attacks on others because we also see the depth of our own sin, human frailty, and evil forces deceiving others. This discernment leads us to become “wounded healers”. We then anchor truth in love and prayer with heightened respect for the dignity and boundaries of others.
Living in Truth
Immersion into truth can happen suddenly through an Intellectual Vision. But we must also “study diligently how to walk in truth”. This study can happen apart from an Intellectual Vision as well. We study to see truth, receive truth, live in truth, respond in truth, and reveal truth. Teresa says, “I’m saying that we should walk in truth before God and people in as many ways as possible.
For this post I used a translation of The Interior Castle by Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D. and Otilio Rodriguez O.C.D., ICS Publications, Institute of Carmelite Studies: Washington D.C. Kindle Edition.