Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be

filled. This beatitude prompts a look at our heart’s desire. What hungers and

desires operate within us? Which of them commands our utmost loyalty?

– John W. Miller

Great are you, O Lord, and exceedingly worthy of praise; your power is

immense, and your wisdom beyond reckoning. And so we men, who are part

of your creation, long to praise you – we also carry our mortality about with

us, carry the evidence of our sin and with it the proof that you thwart the

proud. You arouse us so that praising you may bring us joy, because you

have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.

– St. Augustine

It is the desire for God which is the most fundamental appetite of all, and it is

an appetite we can never eliminate. We may seek to disown it, but it will not

go away. If we deny that it is there, we shall in fact only divert it to some

other object or range of objects. And that will mean that we invest some

creature or creatures with the full burden of our need for God, a burden

which no creature can carry.

– Simon Tugwell

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