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    Rediscover the Saints - Beast Lent Ever

    Thomas More: The Gentle Voice Within

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    We've been talking about the saints and how they come in and out of our lives at different times to teach us different lessons. I encountered Thomas More when I was in high school. And I became intrigued with him. I became fascinated with him. He became sort of a symbol, a beacon, of integrity—I think—around many, many aspects and situations in my life because he just had this enormous integrity. He was not going to betray his God, but he also was not going to betray himself. He saw his self as something very real, very tangible, and a great gift from God. And he wasn't going to betray his self.

    And I think very often we do turn our back on our selves. I think very often we do betray our selves in lots of ways and lots of circumstances, and we lose a sliver of our integrity each time we do. Thomas More was this man of enormous integrity. What does that mean to you and me? Yes, there's something about being honest; there's something about walking with God; there's something about being in alignment with our conscience. But I think there's another piece, and that is in order to be a man or a woman of integrity also requires that we live an integrated life. And if you look at the Gospels, and if you look at our spirituality, it is a constant invitation to live an integrated life. And when we do feel distressed, when we do feel unhappy, when we do feel dissatisfied, when we do feel just stress, they're fairly good indications that we've stepped away from the integrated life. They're parts of our lives that are not integrated with the whole. There are parts of our lives that are not integrated with the person that God created us to be and is calling us to be.

    And so having integrity as a person and living an integrated life are connected. And the question I think Thomas More lays before us today—two questions actually—one is what parts of your life are lacking integrity? And in what ways are you not living an integrated life? Because I think if we face those questions openly, honestly, if we go to prayer and we ask ourselves which parts of my life are lacking integrity, and then if we ask God to partner with us to work on that, and then if we ask ourselves which parts of our lives are not integrated, then we start to see an opportunity. We start to see a path towards the bigger, better future that God is inviting us to.

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    Hemos estado hablando de los santos y de cómo ellos entran y salen de nuestras vidas en diferentes momentos para enseñarnos diferentes lecciones. Me encontré con Tomás Moro cuando estaba en la secundaria. Él me dejó intrigado. Él me fascinó. Él se convirtió en una especie de símbolo, un faro de integridad —creo— en torno a muchos, muchos aspectos y situaciones en mi vida porque él tenía una enorme integridad. Él no iba a traicionar a su Dios, pero tampoco iba a traicionarse a sí mismo. Él vio su ser como algo muy real, muy tangible y como un gran don de Dios. Y él no iba a traicionarse a sí mismo.

    Yo creo que, muy frecuentemente, nos damos la espalda a nosotros mismos. Yo creo que, muy frecuentemente, nos traicionamos a nosotros mismos de muchas maneras y en muchas circunstancias. Y cada vez que lo hacemos perdemos una porción de nuestra integridad. Tomás Moro era un hombre de enorme integridad. ¿Qué significa eso para ti y para mí? Sí, hay algo acerca de ser honesto; hay algo acerca de caminar con Dios; hay algo acerca de estar alineados con nuestra conciencia. Pero yo creo que hay otra pieza, y es que, para ser un hombre o una mujer con integridad, necesitamos vivir una vida integrada. Si examinamos con atención los Evangelios podremos ver que en ellos hay una invitación constante a vivir una vida integral. Nuestros sentimientos de angustia, infelicidad, insatisfacción o simplemente estrés, son unos buenos indicadores de que nos hemos alejado de la vida integral. Ellos son partes de nuestra vida que no se han integrado con el todo. Hay partes de nuestra vida que no están integradas con la persona que Dios nos creó para ser y que él nos llama a ser.

    Y así, tener integridad como persona y vivir una vida íntegra están conectados. La pregunta que creo que Tomás Moro nos plantea hoy, dos preguntas en realidad, una es ¿qué partes de tu vida carecen de integridad? Y ¿de qué manera no estás viviendo una vida íntegra? Porque yo creo que, si enfrentamos esas preguntas durante nuestra oración de una manera abierta, honesta y nos preguntamos: ¿qué partes de mi vida carecen de integridad? Y le pedimos a Dios que se una a nosotros para trabajar en eso y luego nos preguntamos: ¿qué partes de mi vida no están integradas?, entonces empezaremos a ver una oportunidad. Nosotros comenzaremos a ver un camino hacia el futuro, un camino mejor y más grande: el camino que Dios tiene para nosotros.

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