The human heart, restless and needy

God, you are my God, I pine for you; my heart thirsts for you, as a land parched, dreary and waterless.” (Psalm 63:1)

As we prepare for the great feast of All Saints, we remember how these holy men and women wanted to fulfill their restless desire for God. They could not be at peace until their heart rested in the heart of Jesus and led a life focused on the needs of others.

Often we seek many selfish pleasures in life and desire to always be “happy.” Unfortunately, we typically search for happiness in created things, hoping that they will provide some sort of comfort in a world full of disappointment.

Pope Francis laments the state of many young people who seek aimlessly these created joys. In an interview with a radio station in Argentina Pope Francis said, “I would ask the young people, ‘are you really happy?’… Do you know what it means to have joy in your heart?...It makes me very upset when I see a sad young person… who has aged prematurely, who has already ‘retired’ to ‘wait for life to pass by.’”

He then shared with the audience the “secret” to true happiness, “If you take risks to achieve great things…doing things for others, working hard to make them happy…you will know joy and happiness.”

Pope Francis shows us what the saints knew in life: true happiness consists of living for others and participating in the mission of the heart of Jesus. Only then will our restless heart find lasting peace.

- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)

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