“Our heart is restless until it rests in thee.”

“Our heart is restless until it rests in thee.”

I recently read the following in a book, ‘Augustine of Hippo said, “Our heart is restless until it rests in thee.” By thee, I take him to mean, well, that entity that sits on a bench with us in our heart space.’

The rest of the quote states: “For you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in Thee.”

In an online article, it refers to Augustine describing how men were created by God and were made to find gratification in Him and not this transient world. Confirming this notion is The Catechism:

“[t]he desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for” (CCC 27).

Isn’t it simply, for those “God is Dead” (but he had to be alive to be dead, right?) types: Whatever You Seek Is Within: love, peace and happiness? A trip to the Himalayas or a deserted island is only going to bring you so much, you’re still the same person after the experience, something temporary.

“Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give – pleasure, possessions, power – but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy.” Dada Vaswani.

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