An anonymous Carthusian monk wrote:

“One of the most beautiful definitions of a monk is that he a man of desire. This restlessness does not allow him to be content with what is created; the thirst for the absolute, this hunger for love, is the wellspring, the impetus for his search for God. The day he feels full to overflowing, he ceases to be a monk – and is living an illusion. God never surfeits us with the gift of himself but creates in us an ever larger capacity for love and, having done this, he replenishes us with a desire, a thirst, more ardent still. And it will always be this way with God for eternity without end, because God is without end. If we arrive at the end, it is not God.”
(The Way of Silent Love: Carthusian Novice Conferences, pg. 28)

No matter our station in life, God is calling each of us to go further, to go deeper in our journey back to God.


1 Response to “Desire”

  1. 1 Lee Potts September 22, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Coincidentally, just shared this one today on FQotD:

    “Neutrality will not work in this journey. A person must deeply desire union with the divine. This desire will manifest itself in deep and constant prayer. Prayer, for its part, will help open the human person to be receptive to the utterly free grace of God. And without the aid of divine grace, the mystical journey cannot be carried out successfully.”

    ~ Zachary Hayes OFM, Bonaventure: Mystical Writings

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