Monday, October 15, 2007

The Power of Words

True power lay not in works,wealth or fame. True power is to be found in words, which have the power to uplift or destroy. Hitler, Stalin, Mao and many other despots knew the power of words, and the first people to be persecuted by these tyrants were the intellectual community within each country.

But with the power of words comes responsibility & accountability. The Saints knew this, it is why they spoke with care, measuring each word, to make sure their words were a life spring of hope & and not a pool of stagnant despair.

For every book which negates God, we have the opposite given to us by the Saints.

Karl marx wrote his Manefesto, St Francis de Sales wrote 'Introduction to a Devout Life'. Nietzche is famous for the words 'God is dead', John of the Cross most famous work 'Dark Night of the Soul'. Niccolo Machiavelli wrote 'The Prince' ,St Alphonsos Ligouri wrote 'The Practice of the Love of Jesus'.

The above demonstrates that for every word which negates and imposes a loss of hope, there is the opposing works of our greatest Saints, to inspire within each soul the ability to realise and follow the path to authentic holiness.

Now comes responsibility and accountability. For over and above the pevious books mentioned is The Word of God & and I quote "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. No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account."(Hebrews 4:12-13).

If that does not fill one with trembling then it should, God does not waste words nor mince words. For from the Spirit we speak, & it is from the spirit the words we speak, shall be known.For our war is not against personalities but against principalities, so it is from out own mouths(& keyboards) & hearts which will define which spirit we follow.

Rupert Murdoch(owner of Fox News) once stated that true power lay not in wealth but in information, what is information but words.

One can see the correlation of the Power of words, but we are also called to 'recognise' the Spirit from which the words originate. One thing is beyond dispute there is the Source of Goodness, which is God & a source for evil which is satan. It is the choice of each individual to choose the path it wishes to follow.