Wednesday 8th February: Honesty

The theme of this school week is: Truth

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection: Being truthful about our mistakes

being honest

We admire honesty in people, it is a deeply attractive quality, whereas lying or trying to hide wrongdoing is something we all despise. Since honesty is such an attractive, admired quality why is it so difficult to be truthful about getting something wrong?
Here are some reasons:
In being honest about getting it wrong we may fear appearing weak and we don’t like to be seen as weak.
Being honest about faults is a kind of internal judgement of ourselves and our pride hates being told, ‘you’re wrong’.
‘Owning up’ can be plain embarrasing, ‘I took the last biscuit’, ‘If I could have been bothered I would got in touch’. It’s not nice admitting that our better selves are undermined by greed or laziness.
So, really, being honest takes a lot of guts. But honesty is the best policy. Being honest leads people to trust us. ’Owning up’ can be embarrasing but the alternative of having to weave a web of lies causes a lot more trouble. Being honest can often lead to unexpected praise and respect. People admire honesty.
Prayer

Lord, give me a spirit of honesty to yield harmony and loyalty, enriching my relationship with you and with others. Amen

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.