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As an amateur photographer, I have often been asked to take photos of people at various events – maybe it was at a wedding, or for a school yearbook, or for the press. Well, some of the photos turned out very pleasing but some were not so flattering. The request has always been to destroy bad photos and keep only the good ones. This reminds me of an occasion when a painter came to paint the portrait of Pope John XXIII. His eminence told the portrait painter that, “If you paint my face, paints it warts and all.” He didn’t want to embellish or cover up the true image of himself. He wanted to be honest in all that he said or did. That is what Jesus was doing with His followers - telling it like it is. That too, should be our motto – to tell the truth at all times. In this way others will have no reason to doubt us.

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