Thought of the Day April 26, 2018 Desire for God

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"Desire is often talked about as something we ought to overcome. Still, being is desiring: our bodies, our minds, our hearts, and our souls are full of desires. Some are unruly, turbulent, and very distracting; some make us think deep thoughts and see great visions; some teach us how to love; and some keep us searching for God. Our desire for God is the desire that should guide all other desires. Otherwise our bodies, minds, hearts, and souls become one another's enemies and our inner lives become chaotic, leading us to despair and self-destruction.

Spiritual disciplines are not ways to eradicate all our desires but ways to order them so that they can serve one another and together serve God." (Henri Nouwen) How strong is our desire for God? Does any other desire have eternal consequences as this desire? This is the key to sanctity, to desire God and to desire what God desires. This is what Jesus meant when he said: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for holiness." "Blessed are those who are single minded." The scriptures talk about God giving us the desire of our heart, as long as these desires lead us to the ultimate desire, God. To desire God and to love God amounts to the same. If this desire is not at the top of your list, then ask God for the grace to desire him as much as you desire the breath in your lungs.

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