How to Be Whole

Children are perfectly congruent. What is inside a child is the same as what you see outside. Young children are not capable of feeling one way and behaving another. They are perfectly–though not always conveniently–congruent.
As we grow, we quickly learn that it is often not safe to show what is inside of us to the world outside of us. And so begins the lifelong work of building that wall between our inner and outer self. It protects us, yes, but it also confines and stifles us.
The hard work of the spiritual life is taking down that wall piece by piece until we are as vulnerable and as congruent as a little child. As followers of Christ we call this “the Way of the Cross.”
Continued Epiphanies, Mother Candace+
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