Won Over by the Father
Whether or not we wish, we cannot escape the thirst for happiness; we are made for it.
Whether or not we wish, we cannot acquire it without human means. The kingdom of God is not established outside of or beyond our lives, but each day as a result of the most insignificant acts. We actually enter into collaboration with God when we begin our search for happiness.
But we must constantly be won over by God. God himself knows this. Thus, he makes our lives a long labor requiring patience in order to show us each day, a little more clearly, who he is and who we are. This labor has a name—the theological virtues—whereby God takes hold of our lives: with hope, our activity and desire for happiness; with charity, our love and our relationships with our fellowmen.
This is one of the most mysterious areas of our life, over which hope takes charge, and which we sense is most precious and also most fragile, the center and source of every impulse and every action. This part of our life is our desire.