My Friend Hannah sent me this note from a Taize newsletter. It is so beautiful and articulates so well what I am ongoingly and feebly trying to articulate in my own life. Thanks Hannah.

All across the world, though we have very different histories, do we not find ourselves facing similar issues? No one can avoid asking themselves: What can give direction to my life? What goal can I choose that is worth the effort?

We all feel that there needs to be major changes in our world. The structures of our societies and patterns of thought from the past are proving to be inadequate and insufficient to create greater justice on earth, to reduce poverty, to ensure that persons and peoples can live together in peace.

But we also discover that necessary change, particularly an overhaul of the world economic and financial system, is not possible without a change in the human heart.

We are very hopeful that societies can change. But we are here together so that each of us can deepen first of all a change of heart. And we would like to ask ourselves: from what source can we draw to undertake this change of heart?

In every human heart there is a longing, the longing to be loved and to love. At the same time, we all experience that this longing is only rarely satisfied, and never for all time. Far from discouraging us, this can allow us to discover over and over again a personal communion with God.

Is not this thirst within us a mark engraved in us by God so that we can turn towards him? That will be the topic of your reflection tomorrow morning in the small groups.

Economic progress, however important, cannot quench our deepest thirst. This thirst opens our heart so that we listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit whisper day and night within us: "You are loved for ever and once and for all, and even the hardships of your life, however real and sometimes very hard, cannot eradicate this love."

And then our heart changes. And not only our heart, but also our way of looking and our behavior. We become more capable of discerning what is good and what is bad; without being naïve we become better able to dialogue, to reach out to others, to make our life a pilgrimage of trust. And in this way we will contribute as believers to help determine the face of the new world that is emerging.