“Desire is a key way that God’s voice is heard in our lives,” writes Fr. Jim Martin, SJ. He’s not talking about selfish wants, such the desire for a flashy car or a lavish vacation. He means deep desires–the desires that draw us to God and to a meaningful vocation in life:
Desire is a primary way that God leads people to discover who they are and what they are meant to do. On the most obvious level, a man and a woman feel sexual, emotional and spiritual desire for one another, and in this way discover their vocations to be married. A person feels an attraction to being a doctor, or a lawyer, or a teacher, and so discovers his or her “vocation. . . .”
The deep longings of our hearts are our holy desires. Not only desires for physical healing, but also the desires for change, for growth, for a fuller life. Our deepest desires, those desires that lead us to become who we are, are God’s desires for us. They are ways that God speaks to you directly.