When things change, they're not thrown off balance. Knowing that time is huge and deep, they don't swirl around in foolish urgencies. They live in this moment, with peace. They can "be still and know who I am." They laugh.
They listen, listen, listen. They listen well.
They actively discern what they are called to be and do. They can live with ambiguity and accept unknowing. They continue the search with love for all that holds divine presence. They consider systems, not only instances. They apply both heart-knowledge and intelligence, both compassionate love and critical thinking.
"Mature" doesn't mean they stop growing. They don't fear dialogue with people of different convictions. Maturity brings stability but not stagnation. It's a continuum of growth that has peaks and valleys but overall rises. There isn't an end; the possibilities for growth in the Spirit are infinite.
They spend time with the Holy One. They experience wonder and awe. Their journey is genuine, and engages them as whole people (not only head or heart). We can talk about or read about swimming or riding a bike, but that doesn't make us a swimmer or bicycler.
There's an inner purity. They love God for God's self, not for God's gifts.
They find or create meaningful community.
They are attentive to and responsive to the needs of others. Their choices show perspective and wisdom.
They live simply, without much stuff.
They have an unmistakable presence.
I wove together the many shared themes. Thank you to
Mary Jean S.
Ana Maria DiL.
and the many other wise women and men who grace my life.