True Satisfaction

I just stumbled across this beautiful poem by St Anthony of Padua and thought it needed to be shared.

Be Satisfied with Me
by St. Anthony of Padua

Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone,
To have a deep soul relationship with another,
To be loved thoroughly and exclusively.

But to a Christian, God says, “No, not until you are satisfied,
Fulfilled and content with being loved by me alone,
With giving yourself totally and unreservedly to me.
With having an intensely personal and unique relationship with me alone.

Discovering that only in me is your satisfaction to be found,
Will you be capable of the perfect human relationship,
That I have planned for you.
You will never be united to another
Until you are united with me.
Exclusive of anyone or anything else.
Exclusive of any other desires or longings.
I want you to stop planning, to stop wishing, and allow me to give you
The most thrilling plan existing . . . one you cannot imagine.
I want you to have the best. Please allow me to bring it to you.

You just keep watching me, expecting the greatest things.
Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I am.
Keep listening and learning the things that I tell you.
Just wait, that’s all. Don’t be anxious, don’t worry
Don’t look around at things others have gotten
Or that I have given them
Don’t look around at the things you think you want,
Just keep looking off and away up to me,
Or you’ll miss what I want to show you.
And then, when you’re ready, I’ll surprise you with a love
Far more wonderful than you could dream of.

You see, until you are ready, and until the one I have for you is ready,
I am working even at this moment
To have both of you ready at the same time.
Until you are both satisfied exclusively with me.

 

Also…I’m going to Ohio tomorrow!  I have the psychological exam on Monday (send prayers my way!) but other than that I just get to hang out with the Sisters for a couple of days.  I’ll write more soon!

3 Replies to “True Satisfaction”

    1. It was only when we each realized there was no other person who could love us as God does and were planning to give ourselves to religious vocations, that my husband and I were introduced to each other at church.
      I like your prayer. Thanks for the post. I’m praying for you on your journey.

  1. Hey, thank you for this wonderful blog and this poem. This has changed my life completely. I wish you would still be active in blogging.

    Anyways, God Bless where ever you are.

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