Thought of the Day February 18, 2022 Holy desire

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"The entire life of a good Christian is in fact an exercise of holy desire. You do not yet see what you long for, but the very act of desiring prepares you, so that when he comes you may see and be utterly satisfied. Suppose you are going to fill some holder or container, and you know you will be given a large amount. Then you set about stretching your sack or wineskin or whatever it is. Why? Because you know the quantity you will have to put in it and your eyes tell you there is not enough room. By stretching it, therefore, you increase the capacity of the sack, and this is how God deals with us. Simply by making us wait he increases our desire, which in turn enlarges the capacity of our soul, making it able to receive what is to be given to us." (St. Augustine)


What is this holy desire? We are created, redeemed, and sanctified so that one day we may be with the Lord eternally. We long to see God face to face and to be fully alive in him. In another place St. Augustine stated it well. "Our hearts are restless, O Lord, until they rest in  you." This holy desire should be central in our lives. It is a desire that should motivate our every action. Because we want to be with God and be fully complete in him, we choose to act in a way that is pleasing to God. Our whole life journey is to prepare for that last moment of our earthly life. To be with and long for God at that moment will finalize our eternity. What a joy it will be to see the desire of our hearts finally fulfilled. Lord, I long to see your face!

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