The Hunger for Eden

Note: This post is me expressing my personal opinion. As always, feedback and criticism is welcome. Also: This post contains artistic depictions of male and female nudity.

If you want:

Read this article:

What Cannot Be Seen

And listen to these pieces of music:

The reason I posted these, is this: These, I think, awaken in a person an ache. An ache for something “more.”

As a Catholic, I believe that “more” once existed:

Eden. Paradise.


But, paradise has been lost.

Eve in the Garden of Eden by Anna Lea Merritt

Destined to struggle by the sweat of our brow, paradise is out of our reach. In this life.

It is encounters with goodness, truth, and beauty, no matter where such encounters come from (in an act of kindness, a piece of music, a poem…), that give us a taste of the new paradise that awaits us:


“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)


2 thoughts on “The Hunger for Eden

  1. You have seen and expressed this very well. I will only add that what is lost can be found again. We see glimpses of Paradise even in this life: sinking into a warm bath after a hard day; hearing music that both reveals Paradise and evokes hunger for it; sharing love with our beloveds; communing with our Father God…and dropping the clothes that hide and confine us.

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