Practical Test for Integrity. ”If your goal is not determined by your most secret pathos, even victory will only make you painfully aware of your own weakness.” Dag Hammarskjold, U.N. Secretary General, 1953-61. The Heart of Christian Integrity.
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U.N. Secretary General, 1953-61
Christian Tradition reframes the basic spiritual and moral question:
“What should I live for and how ?”
as a question of imagination, reason, and ultimate love:
“What or Who actually moves you in the most ultimate way? Who is your God?
[Latin integer: whole; as in a whole number or integer.]
What do all three definitions share?
Integrity is the condition of being fully integrated, pulled together, or unified.
Integrity is the state of wholeness.
Who is God?
Archbishop Oscar Romero
Mature or Integrated Christian identity avoids both
identity diffusion--lack of conviction and focus; inability to initiate projects or sustain commitments
B) premature foreclosure of identity--jumps into a “ready-made” identity, inability to manage uncertainty.
Mature identity requires continual growth through exploring
different roles on the way toward ever deeper commitment.
Humans need a sense of identity that is:
For Christians the story of Jesus unifies the story of God
across the Old and New Testaments and provides the
most authentically dynamic, dramatic, comprehensive,
and unified source of Christian identity. This story
Imagine or see the world through the integrating lens of the story of Jesus and find a creative way to remain true to the story.
Look to saints and role models for examples.
Our moral character is formed by the patterns of our freedom. Like the waters that helped to form the Grand Canyon, each act we perform cuts a groove into our character. When we repeat actions, we increase the tendency that our freedom, like a stream grown into a river, will flow down the well-worn path.
Paraphrase of Dag Hammarskjold:
We find integrity by “casting anchor in the experience of the mystery of life” until we plumb its depths and encounter and then live from the source of all integrity Who calls us by name. We respond to our call.