Summary: Prayer and Desire by Fr. John Horn, S.J.

“All prayer begins with desire… At its best, desire in prayer is what Augustine calls an affectionate reaching out to God” (qting Ulanov, Primary Speech pg. 9).

Desire = “an inclination towards some object accompanied by a positive affect” (Websters).

The inclination at prayer is toward relating interpersonally with God, the objective reality outside ourselves is God who is love (1 John 4:16).

“If we really knew who it was who is addressing us affectively and offering us a conversation in the wellsprings of our heart’s desiring (John 4:10) we would drink in unreservedly, moved by our infinitely thirsty need to be satiated by Love (1 John 4:1-3).”


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