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 are now posting blog pieces with a goal of two a week, one midweek and one on the weekends. Let us know if you have a question, comment or suggested topic. On the blog page, we have posted several new pieces:
- "101 Years and Filled With Joy," a reflection on the beauty of a life well lived
- "The Light of a Saint," a commentary on how the image of light can lead us to holiness
- "Grand Canyon," a reflection on a movie from the early 90's
Sorry, I have been busy doing live presentations in my home diocese and working on two books. I have two recent homilies to post on the resource page. The second one, "Picking the Fruit," was especially well-received, with many parishioners requesting a copy. There is a wide range of materials on our Resources page, all free and available to read or download. The two most recent homilies are: "Power At Your Fingertips" a homily from March 25, 2018 and "Picking the Fruit," a homily given April 29, 2018.