Saturday, July 19, 2008

For What Purpose are you Living?

Yesterday's Message for the Paulist year was so insightful and meaty and gave me so much to meditate on for the day that I felt I wanted to share it with everyone:

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.~ St. Paul, 1 Corinthians 12:7

Many Christians, and really good Christians, as things go, consider that the whole of their religious duties are fulfilled in going regularly to Holy Mass, in approaching the sacrament of confession and in receiving Holy Communion, in fidelity to their daily prayers, and beyond these they seldom look. When they have accomplished these duties they think they will be perfect Christians. Now these Christians are like the one who when asked, why do you eat? And he answers, to support my life and gain strength. True, but what is your life for? To what purpose is your strength? Life and strength is not an end, but the means to an end.... So one might say to these Christians, [why] do you go to Holy Mass, make confession, receive holy communion, and say your daily prayers for? You ought to have an aim in all these holy exercises, and keep it steadfastly before your mind, and employ them as means to attain and secure it...

-Father Isaac Hecker, Servant of God, Founder of the Missionary Society
of St. Paul the Apostle (1819 - 1888)
angelmeg again:
It isn't enough to live right if you aren't working in some way to help build the Kingdom of God. Living right is only the means by which you gain the strength and purpose for the vocation and purpose in God's plan that you and only you can fill.

If you aren't thinking, praying and working toward that purpose with each devotion, at each mass, every day, then what are you doing? Your precious time here in this world is being wasted away.
Jesus is coming, Get busy!

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