ELOQUENT AND TRUTHFUL
My ability to speak competently my own language, and the languages of others, is fundamental to my growth and confidence as a social human being. This is eloquence.
Eloquence is not confined to speaking – it finds expression in writing, music, drama, dance, the creative arts, design, film, digital media, and sport. All of these are important because they encourage us to express our identity as well as our talents.
However, being able to speak well is not much use if what you speak is not worth saying. Eloquence must be used in a truthful way – to speak truth about myself and others, about relations between people, about the world, and about God. As Jesus tells us, “The truth will set you free.”
I am the way, the truth and the life
Jesus said, 'Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father's house; if there were not, I should have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me; so that where I am you may be too. You know the way to the place where I am going.' Thomas said, 'Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?' Jesus said: 'I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you know me, you know my Father too. From this moment you know him and have seen him.'
The Eloquent Prayer
of St Aidan of Lindisfarne (c.600-651)
Leave me alone with God,
as much as may be.
As the tide draws the waters
close in upon the shore,
make me an island, set apart,
along with you, God,
holy to you.
Then, with the turning of the tide,
prepare me to carry your presence
to the busy world beyond;
the world that rushes in on me,
till the water comes again
and folds me back to you.