Vatican City, Nov 14, 2018 / 05:24 am
Christians are called to not only refrain from telling falsehoods, but to conduct their entire lives – both words and actions – as a witness to the Truth that is Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said Wednesday.
"Let us ask ourselves: what truth do the works of us Christians attest to, our words, our choices?" the pope said Nov. 14. "Everyone can ask themselves: am I a witness to the truth, or am I more or less a liar disguised as a true person?"
In his weekly catechesis, Pope Francis reflected on the eighth commandment: "you shall not give false witness against thy neighbor."
"The truth," he said, "finds its full realization in the very person of Jesus, in his way of living and dying, the fruit of his relationship with the Father." As children of God, people are given this same access to truth, sent through the Holy Spirit, "who is the Spirit of truth, who attests to our hearts that God is our Father."