This year I have been following the compassion beads created by Dr. James Doty. Compassion, Dignity, Equanimity, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Humility, Integrity, Justice, Kindness and ending with Love. This articles focuses on Integrity.
Recently I went on retreat into the high desert of New Mexico and in the journey I came upon adobe churches. Each year the worshiping community comes together to re-surface the church by hand and trowel using mud, straw and water. What moved me is the adobe mud, a straw mixture, so impermanent, being used to create a semi-permanent structure, a chapel. We too are semi-permanent chapels and in need of reshaping by the holy spirit, leaving everything in search of knowing Jesus Christ and making the Gospels absolutely integral to our daily life. Practicing integrity of character takes unrelenting courage. It requires your whole being to remain in the state of constant humility that comes from knowing that you are loved by God. It is living in a state of gentleness and patience towards other disciples and also visitors who come seeking an understanding of the essence of spiritual life. Most of all integrity is seeking and experiencing union with God in the silence of your heart.
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Suzanne Broussard is a certified spiritual director with 25 years of experience in clinical settings; religious education, spiritual and retreat ministries with a focus on the holistic development of adult spiritual formation, ecumenical and interfaith, individuals and groups.