Our Deepest Longings

There is a longing at the heart of being human.  Deep within us we sense there is something ‘more’, something ‘other’ that calls to us, grabs our attention at times, is vaguely sensed at other times, stirs us and often aches inside us, crying out to be known and given free reign in our lives.  We are now in the Season of Lent, that wonderful six week period which is really all about deepest longings.  So let’s reflect on this wonderfully human gift.     

The young Anne Frank, in hiding with her family in an attic in Amsterdam in 1944, described it in this way in her now famous diary:

“Today the sun is shining, the sky is deep blue, there is a lovely breeze and I am longing – so longing for everything.  To talk, for freedom, for friends, to be alone.  And I do so long … to cry!  I feel as if I am going to burst, and I know it would get better with crying; but I can’t, I’m restless, I go from room to room, breathe through the crack of a closed window, feel my heart beating, as if it is saying, ‘can’t you satisfy my longing at last?’  I believe that it is spring within me, I feel that spring is awakening, I feel it in my whole body and soul.  It is an effort to behave normally.  I feel utterly confused.  I don’t know what to read, what to write, what to do, I only know that I am longing”.

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Ms Kerry McCullough

Liturgy and Spirituality Co-ordinator