The relationship with God

Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)

The first ideal of Integritas is to realise one’s baptismal vow founded upon the love of God.

A real and vibrant relationship with God is the foundation for the Christian way of life. This life is found in knowing that we are first loved by God and then discerning how to live in a way which responds to this truth. This relationship calls us to be contemplative and to be discerning, that is to see the love of God for each one of us with an ever increasing clarity and to understand how best to act in accordance with this love in how one relates to others. In this way, our baptismal vow becomes realised.

Logos - Contemplation and Vocation

Evenings of contemplative prayer and discernment
Thursday, 8.00 p.m., from September to June
(other than the first Thursday of each of these months)

The core practice at Integritas are evenings of prayer and discernment, which are based thematically upon the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. They are held on Thursday evenings at 8.00 p.m. from September to June and are titled as Contemplation and Vocation. A booklet is available for these evenings and for one’s personal use, which explains their content and the approach being taken over this ten month cycle. This way of prayer emphasises that through the practice of being reflective, one discerns one’s unique vocation or calling from God. These evenings seek, therefore, to deepen the personal experience of God’s love, while also clarifying how one is called by God to live one’s life more lovingly.

Group meeting for discussion and reflection
First Thursday of each month, 7.30 p.m., from September to June

In conjunction with these evenings, on the first Thursday of each month, at 7.30 p.m., there is also a facilitated discussion and reflection held which systematically explores what are the essential elements of Christian spirituality and, in particular, how to be contemplative and to discern one’s vocation in life. These evenings form part of an ongoing course entitled Logos. They are based upon three core dimensions of the Christian spiritual life, being theology, practice and rhythm. An informed theology is necessary so that a way of faithful living is explored which is tested by reason and which seeks understanding. A spiritual practice must also be defined so that a way of daily living emerges which is real and engaged. Finally, this spirituality must be in accordance with the rhythm of the seasons and of the liturgical year so that it is in accord with one’s environment and with the life and mission of the universal Church.