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"The Thirst of  Love"

          My heart has been created to experience the most exclusive intimacy with God, and  my desire for God is "written" in my heart. I have both been created by God and for God, and God never ceases to draw me to himself (see Catechism of the Catholic Church # 27). The depth of my human desire is driven on by great spiritual thirst. I am thirsty for God. If I am to make progress in the interior life as a contemplative I must become thirsty for God (see Catherine of Siena. The Dialogue, chap. 54, p. 107).

          If I don't have a driving desire for God, all I need to do is ask Him for this in prayer: "Draw me!" (Songs 1:4). God and I are meant to be engaged in a most exciting drama of love's desire. Desire longs to possess the other. My love of God sparks a growing thirst for Him.  For, "our God is a consuming fire" (Heb. 13:29). The "ferocious flames" of God's love make me thirsty for Him. My heart has been created to have a thirst that "cannot be quenched by the pleasures of this mortal life"--worldly delights (see Francis De Sales, Treatise on the Love of God, bk. III, chap. x).

          We read in 1 John 4:19, "We love because he first loved us." Because "God is love" (1 John 4:8.16), He is the first to love and also the first to thirst. His is the "first thirst". We hear the 'voice' of God's thirst in the sacred scriptures: "Give me a drink" (John 4:7); "I thirst" (John 19:28); "I belong to my lover and for me he yearns" (Songs 7:11). Because "God is love", He is thirsty for my love. This seeking and thirsting of God comes from the depths of His desire for me. God thirsts that I may thirst for him (see CCC 2560). He is the "thirsty fountain" (Marie-Noel. Notes intimes p.311); "God is thirsting to be my thirst" (St. Gregory Nazianzen. Discars sur le bapteme, 40:27, PG36, 397C). 

          I thirst for God because He first thirsts for me. The more I am drawn into the love and thirst of God, the more my love and thirst become transformed into His: I begin to love and thirst more with the love and thirst of God for humanity! My 'love thirst' has a voice too, and we hear it in the sacred scriptures as well:

"O God, you are my God-for you I long! For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts" (Psalm 63:2); "I thirst for you like a parched land" (Psalm 143:6).

          I long to quench this ardent spiritual thirst of my soul. I long to be led to the "wine cellar" of the "Bridegroom", there to be "intoxicated" by love's vintage!: "Bring me, O king, to your chambers" (Songs 1:4).  God and I are meant to share this most personal and secret intimacy, this "paradise of delights", in the secret of my heart (see The Cantata of Love. Blaise Arminjon, S.J., p. 77). There, God calls me and leads me to His "house of love's intoxication" (see Arminjon, p. 151) to be soul-satisfied.

Questions:

1)   How "thirsty" am I for God right now?

2)   Are there any worldly attractions that I am still "thirsty" for?

Scriptures:

Any scripture from the text; Psalm 42: 2-3; Is. 26:9; Is. 55:1; John 7:37-38

"TWO-ZERO-ONE-EIGHT, TIME TO EXPIATE"

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