Satisfaction … We all seek different levels of satisfaction for the various aspects of our lives. Our culture says that satisfaction can be attained through our jobs, money and materialism. While these things may give us feelings of satisfaction, they cannot provide complete contentment. Even relationships with family or friends can let us down and leave us with a feeling of emptiness and dissatisfaction. It is only through the recognition and understanding of Jesus’ desire to love us and in letting ourselves be loved that we will truly be satisfied.

As the Lord said to St. Paul, and says also to us, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Jesus desires to fill us up with his love and mercy, but we are tasked with the hardest part, to let ourselves receive his love and mercy.

—Joseph Hamaty is the Executive Director of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Dallas, Texas.