A Nose for Truth

Bro Dyfrig BFdeB investigates
Bro Dyfrig BFdeB investigates

Human beings seem to have more appetite for scandal than for truth. I suppose it is more ‘interesting’. After all, a blameless life is often one in which there is relatively little incident to record, but I do wonder whether our delight in gossip and all its fellows coarsens our sensitivity to the nobler qualities in ourselves and other people. Yesterday, to mark our Foundation Day, we went to Raglan Castle, where our intrepid hound investigated everything with the same obvious delight and enthusiasm. He did not judge; he did not discriminate; he simply followed his nose and registered the various scents and smells with joyful exuberance. We cannot live so simply. We must discriminate; we must discern; but maybe learning to be a little more positive about our experiences, being less judgemental in the censorious sense, would be good for us. I don’t know. A nose for truth is about more than just searching out the less admirable/pleasant aspects of life. What do you think?


8 thoughts on “A Nose for Truth”

  1. My life motto –
    Don’t look for flaws as you go through life
    And even if you find them,
    It is wise and kind to be somewhat blind
    And look for the virtues behind them.

  2. Ooh, ouch, you hit the nail on the head again! How simple is life for our dogs, cats and other pets, just looking out for themselves and their safety before venturing outside, a bit like us checking the road before crossing it. But opening the news are we drawn to those tempting titbits of scandal or political shenanigins?

    I was at the Bar Convent in York on Wednesday which was founded by Mother Frances Bedingfield of the Congregation of Jesus in 1686 during the years of suppression of the Catholic faith. They opened a school for Catholic Girls and behind the simple facade of a terraced house built a domed church, the dome hidden by a normal looking sloped roof and looking from the outside like a school hall. The church was built with a priest’s hole even though there had been no executions of priests for 100 years, the church had 8 different exits as it was built at a time when raids by the authorities were still a real threat. So the appearance of that building was very deceptive.

    The founder of the Congregation of Jesus, Mary Ward (1585-1645) established a religious community at Saint-Omer and travelled throughout Europe on foot, and founded schools in Italy, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, the Netherlands and here in England. She didn’t want her sisters enclosed behind walls but wanted them involved in active ministry. Her ideas were rejected by the then Pope, and she was kept imprisoned by the Inquisition for heresy – women religious should not be seen or heard, let alone outside doing good – some attitudes within the Vatican towards women religious don’t change!

    However, in the dark days of the Reformation and through the days of the English Civil Wars and ever since there have been many twitching curtains and people wondering what was going on behind those doors and windows, not usually, I suspect looking for good things going on, but only the bad, unless you were trying to find others who had similar views and opinions as ourselves, and with whom we could feel safe and secure.

  3. Maybe it’s the true price of having eaten of the fruit of the tree of knowledge? Animals are innocent beings, even when they do things we shy away from, like hunting etc. They live in the Now and are true to themselves….which, if we could be, we could not then be false to any man, as the poet said! And so often, gossip IS being false to someone.
    Glad you are back, dear D. Catherine.

  4. With one blind eye and one deaf ear, let’s join your intrepid hound in his delight and enthusiasm and greet the good things we discover with joyful exuberance.

    I hope you all had a lovely time and came back home with your spirits dancing.

  5. Lucky enough to have attended the Adoremus Symposium in Liverpool this weekend. A chance to listen (for a change?) to articulate people speaking positively to a large audience about the Faith (Eucharistic Adoration to be specific). Not all topics were inside my comfort zone or experience but this was good – made me listen carefully without the need to offer up my comment/thought/judgement- just to absorb and reflect on some very intelligent and challenging ideas. So yes, avoid the coarse and sensational – seek out the joyful and positive.

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