Chapter 1. My Soul Longs for You, O God • 3
People have always asked fundamental questions: Who am I? Where did
I come from? Where am I going? Why do I need to struggle to achieve
my goals? Why is it so hard to love and be loved? What is the meaning
of sickness, death, and evil? What will happen after death?
These questions relate to human existence. They also move one to
ask questions about the divine because they pertain to God’s existence.
When asked with ever deeper reflection, they uncover an inner sense of
longing for God. They challenge our minds, but the mind’s answers are
not always sufficient. We must also become aware of the mysterious
yearning of the human heart.
God has planted in every human heart the hunger and longing for
the infinite, for nothing less than God. St. Augustine, a theologian from
the fifth century, said it best: “Our heart is restless until it rests in you”
, bk. 1, chap. 1, 1; cf. CCC, no. 30).
How is our quest for God awakened? God first pursues us; this spurs
us to search for him for whom we were made. The
three paths through which every person can come to God: creation, the
human person, and Revelation. In the next chapter, Revelation will be
presented as the greatest and most essential path to God. He is discov-
ered also through creation and through the mystery of our inner life.
The heavens declare the glory of God.
Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attri-
butes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be
understood and perceived in what he has made.
St. Augustine asks us to look at the beauty of the world and let it open us
to God. “Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea
. . . question the beauty of the sky. . . . All respond, ‘See, we are beautiful.’