Our name, Two Edge Talk, is derived from the Bible, and principally from the Letter to the Hebrews, Chapter 4, verses 12 and 13. Verse 12 reads as follows:
“Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.”
Verse 13 is equally dramatic:
“No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.”
The two-edged sword is also referenced in Psalm 149:6, Proverbs 5:4, Sirach 21:3, Revelation 1:16 and Revelation 2:12.
The two-edged sword is the sword of truth, which exposes falsehood. It is the sword of integrity, which exposes hypocrisy (Romans 2:21-23). Forged by intense heat, it is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17).
St. Peter spoke with a two-edged sword in his speech at Pentecost, at which his audience was “cut to the heart.” When the crowd asked Peter what they were to do, he replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call.”
The key elements of our mission, then, are presenting the Catholic faith in a clear and direct way, avoiding excessive use of religious jargon and cliches, emphasizing how the Catholic faith can be lived in a way that will bring deeper richness and authentic joy and happiness.
We have posted 2 new blogs. The first is entitled “Only the Lonely,” and describes the wave of loneliness that is becoming so prevalent in wealthier countries. The newest blog is called “The Inner Ring aka The Glazing Syndrome” and captures the phenomenon of how our integrity can be compromised by people and by organizations which we greatly admire and identify with. The loss of integrity typically takes place not as a result of some strong, dramatic temptation but from what starts as a small, subtle compromise. For upcoming blog postings, see “Catholic Boot Camp” below.
I haven’t been doing much preaching the last couple of months. The most recent homily is a reflection on the connection between the Eucharist and the common good, with surprising input from a Protestant. Also available is a homily from Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28th, on the whole concept of God’s mercy.
CATHOLIC BOOT CAMP
Beginning the week of August 11th, I will start posting regular blog pieces for what I’m calling Catholic Boot Camp. There will be six major themes: 1. Why Jesus? His Mission and Purpose, 2. The Church: Its Mission and Power, 3. The Person: Our Individual Identity, Mission and Purpose, 4. The Bible: Essentials Every Catholic Should Know, 5. The Call To Be Disciples and 6. Evangelization Catholic Style.