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AUC THEOLOGICA, Vol 13 No 2 (2023), 67–79

Discovering the Longing for God as a Fruit of Spiritual Motherhood

Hana Benešová

published online: 23. 02. 2024


The objective of this article is to explore the concept of spiritual motherhood from the perspective of helping the other to discover the desire for God within their life story. I will work with the hypothesis that the desire for God can be revealed through awareness and reflection on profane desires. To support this hypothesis, the article outlines a perceptual journey that enables the other to gain a deeper understanding of their desires by learning to perceive the objects of their longing as they are, using a phenomenological method. The goal of this journey is to place desires in their proper place within the order of love, known as Ordo Amoris and to discover their identity as a child of God.

keywords: Desire; Ordo Amoris; Motherhood; the Common priesthood of the faithful; Attachment; Detachment; Restlessness; Favourable moment; The other; Care

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