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.
On the blog page, we have posted two new commentaries. The most recent is a reflection on children’s sports and is entitled, “What’s wrong with this picture?” The second commentary contains proposed text for a letter to a priest or bishop on behalf of a group that is concerned about recent developments in the Catholic Church. Feel free to copy, paste and edit, but we encourage you to use something like this as a way of moving forward in a personal way to address what is happening in the Church these days. There are two other recent postings: “A Laundry List for U. S. Bishops” and “The Big Question for Catholics Who Are Striving To Be Faithful.”
I have two recent homilies now posted on the Resource page of the website. The newest homily is entitled “Baptism and the Essentials of the Catholic Faith.” It’s a good summary of the basics of how Baptism connects us with the Body of Christ and with the divine life of the Trinity. The second homily is “Holy Family: Structure, Identity and Adventure,” and was given on December 30th, the Feast of the Holy Family. “Job Description for Catholics,” a reflection on our identity as disciples, was given on December 9th. There is a wide range of materials on our Resources page, all free and available to read or download.