“There really is an appetite for God and for his righteousness.  We all too easily speak and think as if righteousness resulted chiefly from the curbing of our appetites, as if our appetites were only for sin.  But strictly speaking we have no appetite for sin.  What we experience as an appetite for sin is a sick appetite which has mistaken its object.

“In moments of despondency we may perhaps look around and think that we would be much happier if we gave up trying to be good, if we could enjoy all the vices of the world around us.  But that is only a fantasy.  The desire for goodness is really a much more robust desire than any alleged desire for evil. . .

“Desire is the faculty which receives, so the bigger our desire is, the more we can receive.  Our part in this life is to learn to want largely and earnestly enough to make us capable of the infinite rightness of God’s kingdom.  The more we try to tame and reduce ourselves and our desires and hopes, the more we deceive and distort ourselves.  We are made for God and nothing less will really satisfy us.”

–Simon Tugwell, OP


  1. These articles have helped me with my struggle to live more simply. To become more aware of what I need rather than what I want in the material and spiritual realm.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this post. This is often how I feel. Sometimes I look around and think that others look “happier” than I do, and perhaps that I’m missing out on a lot of things. Your post is only one of the few articles I’ve seen which acknowledge our disordered desires which, at times, feel very natural.


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