Enjoying the freedom of being good enough

Wanting (Part 2)

I woke up thinking about what I wrote about in “Wanting (Part 1).”

I am struck by how much of  my wanting is focused on me. Pretty much of all of what I want has to do with my own comfort, betterment, and convenience. Sure, I want the best for my wife and children, but outside of that, I’m pretty self-centered, it appears.

I wonder what it would be like to have the burdens and desires of Jesus’ heart beating in mine?

How would my answers to the question of “What do I want?” change? Would the first thing out of my mouth be:

  • I want peace and comfort for the people of Syria and Egypt (or any other of the myriad places in the world where civil chaos dominates).
  • I want the end of all wars.
  • I want the end of human trafficking.
  • I want all children to be fed and have clean water.
  • I want affordable health care for all.

You get the gist.

Recently I’ve been using the prayers of St. Francis as a guide in my praying. I’m struck with how often he prays that all our desires and passions be consumed by the desires and concerns and love of God’s heart.

I have a ways to go.

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