From Wendy Farley’s The Wounding and Healing of Desire: “Weaving Heaven and Earth: “Augustine follows Plato in identifying desire with a longing to possess the Good forever. For him it is only the Good itself that can calm and satisfy desire: ‘Our hearts find no peace until they rest in you.’ For him, much of our misery is bound up in the power of small desires to obscure our great desire…Desire is a light in us, a ‘burning light’ that cannot be completely extinguished. Desire is the great seal on our souls, marking where we have been ‘oned’ with God in the instant of our creation. This oneing has nothing to do with the peculiarities of our individual lives, our particular hopes and longings, the afflictions and misfortunes we suffer. ‘Caught up in this world of many things’, we seem to have wandered far from this ‘precious oneing.’ But however far we seem to have wandered, desire is the beautiful, scathing brand that reminds us who we are and to whom we belong. This desire does not live on the surface of our minds, waxing and waning with particular wants and needs. It is the core and substance of our existence, the warp of our lives that stretches us from heaven to earth. We weave particularities of our lives against this warp, and in this way the sacred and the profane, the ordinary and the holy, become on cloth and flesh.”



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