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Soul Craving

February 21st, 2012by Bill Tonnis

Psalm 84:3
My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the Lord. My heart and flesh cry out for the living God.

As a former radio news journalist I truly love to write…it’s just now I get to write about what I’m really passionate about: God’s unconditional love. While I had great enjoyment in serving the people of the Cincinnati area as a radio news anchor…my soul soon got buried and numbed by the avalanche of bad news. It was a matter of time before God would convince me that there was another place for me where I could do a greater good in spreading the Good News.

I think we all share the desire expressed in the scripture verse above. For me…it led to following this inner yearning to a new profession and calling. While the scripture is profoundly true, I’m afraid most people might be quite unaware of it! Everyone is yearningpining for something. Our hearts and flesh are crying out for something to satisfy us! Isn’t this true for you? The problem is that most people try to satisfy and fulfill this yearning and longing with the three “P’s”: possessions, power and prestige.” But these things will only satisfy the constant craving temporarily…before the yearning will be even more intense. That’s because the yearning isn’t for something physical, emotional or psychological…but for something spiritual.

God made each of us with a yearning that only God can fill. When we empty ourselves of our egos’ desires…God has the opportunity to fill us. When we die to ourselves…we paradoxically find ourselves. This is impossible without practicing contemplative prayer. God is as close as our very breath and loves us no matter what we may have done in the past. Take a few minutes to simply be silent and to be aware of your breathing. God is present…and that Presence just might change your life. It did for me. See what happens.

Bill Tonnis

Bill Tonnis is the Director of Youth & Outreach Ministries at Our Lady of the Visitation Parish. He is single and a parishioner at St. Monica St. George Parish in Clifton.