Hunger

January 18, 2019

“Some men attain great esteem in this world—their accomplishments are significant in the eyes of men. But at the end of their lives, how many of these men rest in peace? How many of these men satisfy that deep hunger each of us has for purpose, meaning, and significance?” (Patrick Morley)

 

“Give man everything which he desires and he will enjoy it for a while, but afterwards he will become indifferent to it, because he feels that something else, much more elevated, is missing. Is it not in that way that the child, too, enjoys every new toy until it grows hungry? Then it abandons the toy and looks for food. A certain inextinguishable inner hunger for truth, joy, and peace in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17) torments our soul and does not give us peace, even among the best pleasures of life and among the most enviable achievements in the world. This blessed hunger is a hunger for God.” (Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev of Bulgaria)

 

“If you experience a feeling of hunger or thirst, and wish to eat and drink, think of the hunger or thirst of the soul (it thirsts after righteousness, for justification, Christ, for sanctification), which, if you do not satisfy your soul may die from hunger, crushed by the passions, weakened and exhausted; and in satisfying your bodily hunger, do not forget to appease, above all and before all, your spiritual hunger, by conversing with God, by heart-felt repentance for your sins, by reading the story and precepts of the Gospel, and especially by the communion of the Divine Mysteries of the Body and Blood of Christ. “ (St. John of Kronstadt)

 

“Deep within every mortal heart lies a created hunger for the heavenly mountains of God’s presence.” (Michael Phillips)

 

“The enjoyment of God is insatiable, and the more anyone tastes and eats, the more he hungers.” (Pseudo-Macarius)

 

“Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness see the presence of God and His Kingdom as the most important thing in life.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Matthew 5:6)

 

“ ‘Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.’  (Mt. 5:6). The terms righteousness or the righteous that we read often in Sacred Scripture and spiritual reading are frequently ill-understood. Firstly, it is not something merely external or superficial or as defined in the dictionary as simply being "morally upright." Our Lord starts out this beatitude by connecting righteousness with hungering and thirsting for it. This means that righteousness must come from the depths of our spirit, that is to say the center of our minds and the depths of our hearts.” (Father George Morelli)

 

“Our Lord is only with those who need Him. When we lose our daily need for Him, then our souls become satisfied with the world. A man who does not hunger does not eat, and so one who does not hunger for God cannot partake of His goodness. This is why the Church has always urged us to participate in spiritual exercises like fasting and almsgiving, that we might stir up within ourselves the hunger for God. This hunger, this desire for God, will draw us closer to Him.” (Metropolitan Joseph)

 

 “Union with God is what we seek. It is what we hunger for.” (Marlena Graves)

 

“For most of human history, people lived in the same place their whole lives. They grew up together, knew one another, married each other, and died together in villages, towns, and cities. Today we are free to move from one place to another, and the disintegration of the nuclear family, extended family, and communities is becoming commonplace. We hunger for this closeness and a sense of true community, yet find fewer opportunities to build community together.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

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