bear witness to

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bear witness to something

to show by your existence that something is true The survivors of this disaster bear witness to a terrible event we would like to forget.
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Jesus continues to bear witness to the ways the Spirit continues to be at work around us.
The great challenge before us as Presbyterians may not be our institutional future as a church: it may be whether we can faithfully and sensitively bear witness to Jesus Christ in our time.
When Jesus was questioned by Pilate, he explained his life's purpose: "For this reason, I was born and came into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth".
By agreeing to bear witness to an event, a witness undertakes to verify not only that it occurred, but that it was important .
Now those girls are women and their broken bodies bear witness to the cruelty of a regime that pursued gold medals at any cost.
If we can't bear witness to enough costly messages they approve and pay for, we could very well forget they exist or, heaven forbid, resent them for forcing us to read their position papers.
Unless steps are taken forthwith to break the silence that has surrounded these events, we will have lost the valuable contribution of those who can tell what it felt like to bear witness to this aspect of community life in America.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that "Confirmation perfects baptismal grace; it is the sacrament that gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, it incorporates us more firmly into Christ, it strengthens our bond with the church, it associates us more closely with her mission, and it helps us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.
Dokoupil left his native Czechoslovakia as a teenager in 1968, a break that still shapes his work today: The interruptions and jumps visible everywhere in this show bear witness to a loss of identity, which is replaced by playful appropriations of varying intensity, by what Judith Butler calls "performative identity.
In "Monday Sundown 9/17/01," she writes, "I bear witness to no thing / more human than hate / I bear witness to no thing/more human than love / apples and honey / apples and honey.
While we know that we have made great strides in the development of treatments for HIV disease, we also bear witness to a modern-day plague that has distinguished itself from any plague past or present.
The essays herein were invited of people who played vital roles in the evolution of environmental health and who can bear witness to Dr.
They bear witness to this unity by the peace in which they all live, the brotherhood which is their name, the fellowship to which they are pledged.
But nothing embodies our mission more than our Awards of Honor, where we pay tribute to the best in the New York real estate and construction, even as we bear witness to two of the most time-honored professions of the Irish tradition.
Writers continue to bear witness to the experiences of the citizens of Europe during WW II in order to prevent similar atrocities from happening again.