“The soul hungers for God, and nothing but God can satiate it.” — St. John Vianney
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” — Matthew 5:6
Read more at: “What is Your Soul Hunger” by Shetal Desai
I remember Grandma Mary expressing how she sometimes disliked cultural Christmas because people used it as an excuse to overeat, drink too much and spend too much money. When she spoke on that I felt she took the fun out of it. I’d laugh it off and try to excuse our culture, because in times of celebration that’s just what we do. We should “eat, drink and be merry.”
But thinking back, Grandma Mary had a broader point. We often seek out any excuse we can to explain our overeating, our drinking, our spending, etc. We don’t want to get at the root of why we chose to push our fulfillment to the extreme and why enough wasn’t enough. It doesn’t feel good to admit that we will always want more of those things.
This isn’t just a holiday matter, it’s an everyday tendency. We are hungry because we’re human. And we’re impatient in feeding that hunger. We don’t often pause to ask ourselves what the void is and what we’re really hungry for.
There is a time for eating, drinking and the like. However if those acts are done to the extreme in attempt to fill a spiritual void, that’s when we have to pause. That pause and the prayer to follow is what helps us resist the temptation to keep seeking fulfillment by flesh.
Fill your soul with what it actually wants. Fill it with the goodness that only comes from Christ’s love. That love and fulfillment will always be the right amount. That’s the right kind of extreme.