Fired by love's urgent longings, I am his rocketman.
Happiness

Happiness

I believe we all have a longing inside of us to love fully, to be loved completely, to be good and to do good.  So often these feelings remain unfulfilled because we not sure exactly what it is we want and usually we have no idea how to get from where we are to where we want to be.  This longing is really a deep desire for wholeness, holiness.  It’s not holiness the way we normally think about it — that is a kind of “super goodness” where we do everything right all the time.  Rather it’s a through and through goodness that grows effortlessly out of being perfectly loved and responding in kind with all of our love in return.   This idea is articulated very well in the passage that follows.

“My Jesus, it is truly easy to become holy; it just takes a little good will! And if He finds this minimum of good will in a soul, He quickly gives Himself to her. And nothing can stop Him, neither our faults nor our falls, absolutely nothing. Jesus hurries to help that soul; and if the soul is faithful to this grace from God, she can in a short time reach the highest level of holiness that a created being can attain here below. God is very generous and does not refuse His grace to anyone. He gives even more than we ask for. The shortest road is faithfulness to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit.” (p.142 St. Faustina Kowalska, Diary: Divine Mercy in my Soul)

This is a message for people who aspire to holiness, people who want to respond as far as possible to God’s love.  Perhaps you have never aspired to love God as much as he can possibly be loved; if not, beg the Holy Spirit to put that desire in you.  Beg Him to leave you restless until you have that aspiration.  Then you will be really happy for: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6)  (Thoughts from “In the School of the Holy Spirit” by Jacques Philippe)

Maybe we should pray for the desire to love the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as much as we possibly can and for a restlessness until the Holy Spirit places that desire in us, not just one time, and not half-heartedly, but every day,  and whenever we think about it throughout the day.  After all, what do we have to loose, but the very life that leaves us discontent day after day after day.  Grace and peace!

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