Arrest. Persecution. Testifying before kings. Death. How privileged many of us are to live lives of faith free from such terrifying threats. We do not need to be martyrs, however, to face the real risk of discipleship. In moments major and mundane, we encounter invitations to speak truth to power – to stand on the side of the good and the loving, even when doing so might make us feel vulnerable and alone. This can cause complications at work and at home, with friends and others with whom we are at odds. The challenge for us disciples-in-progress is to trust, deep in our bones, God’s wisdom. If we stay rooted in that wisdom, the Spirit will grant us the words to speak.
How is God calling me to speak truth in love today? How can I trust the Spirit to guide my voice at home, at work, and in the world?
—Katie Davis is a former member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and JVC Magis currently working as a Chaplain and Religious Studies teacher at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. She serves on the Advisory Board for Jesuit Connections in Chicago and the Chicago Women’s Team for the Ignatian Spirituality Project.