Lack of Transparency is the Playground of the Enemy

Homily for the 28th Friday of Ordinary Time

“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.
Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light.” (Lk 12:1-7)

Transparency has become a buzzword for many individuals and organizations.  In the spiritual life, lack of transparency is more than a buzzword.  It’s the playground of the enemy.  Jesus rails on the Pharisees for their lack of transparency.  “Hypocrites” he calls them, a word that literally means “actor”.  The image is stark: actors holding masks in front of their faces. He concludes: “There is nothing concealed (as in behind a mask) that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.”  Our secrets will be known. It’s just a matter of time.  During the time they remain hidden, the enemy has his way. 

Saint Ignatius addresses this lack of transparency in the Discernment of Spirits, Rule #13:

When the enemy brings his persuasions to the just soul, he desires that they be received and kept in secret; but when one reveals them it grieves the enemy, because he will not be able to succeed with his wickedness.  (see full text)

Two questions: What are you hiding behind your mask? What is the secret could you bring into the light that would ‘grieve the enemy’?

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