Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Gratitude, Peace, and Joy
James Martin, S.J. in his book that I quoted from yesterday, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything" say that "Gratitude, peace, and joy are ways that God communicates with us."
He says that the pull that draws us to God comes from God. Desires are important as they come from God and we need to heed them.
"The hole in our hearts is the space from which we call to God. It is the space where God wants most to meet us. Our longing to fill the space comes from God. And it is this space that only God can begin to fill."
I am spending some time now trying to get in touch with my desires; it is one way that God communicates with us but we need to examine our desires to get to the deeper ones behind what may seem to be a strong desire but is only leading us to what God really wants of us. I have always loved Phil Sheldrake's book on "Befriending Our Desires".