Finding God’s Purpose For Us

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Sometimes I’ve wondered what God’s purpose is for me.  I joke sometimes that my life feels like a “gerbil wheel” — I get up each morning, get the rest of my family up and out the door, drive 1/2 hour into work, race through my schedule for the day, drive 1/2 hour home, feed my family dinner, plunk the 3-year-old in the bathtub, go through the bedtime routines, work from home or come back into work for evening meetings, drive some more, fall into bed exhausted.  Repeat.

I don’t share that for anyone to feel at all sorry for me — my life is great!  But don’t we all have moments where we wonder, “is this all there is?”  “Is my whole purpose in life just a series of tasks to be repeated over and over?”  Don’t you ever feel like your life is a gerbil wheel?  In our office, there’s an old cartoon hanging on the wall that says, “God placed us on this earth to do a certain number of things.  Right now, I’m so far behind that I can never die.” 

In case you haven’t noticed, we have Matthew Kelly coming to St. Dominic’s on Saturday, October 19th for a one day event, “Living Your Life with Passion and Purpose.”  Yes, I’m sorry, I know I’ve had the date plastered all over the place since Christmas time.  In case you don’t know who Matthew Kelly is, he’s an internationally known motivational speaker, and author of a great many books, including “Rediscovering Catholicism.”

It’s a big deal that he’s coming here.  It’s been a very long time since he’s visited the area, and there are lots of people out there who want to come.  As of now, we’ve sold half the tickets for the event, and believe it will be sold out by sometime this summer.  There are people all over the state who are coming in for this event.

But what I want most is for the church to be packed with St. Dominic members and their friends, which is why I’m mentioning it here.  I know there’s a ticket cost, and it might seem a little pricey.  But I know I can walk into Target and spend $39 really easily without trying, and walk out with almost nothing in my bag.

So before those tickets sell out, I’m asking you to think about and pray about coming. I would love for you to be there with me.  As Catholics, we believe the search for happiness has a beautiful origin — God.   Rediscover God’s purpose for you.  God is reaching out to you — say yes.  Rediscover a sense of belonging, a sense of peace.  Rediscover your faith.  Rediscover who God means for you to be, and what God wants for your life.  That’s worth a whole lot more than $39. 

Now is the time….for YOU.

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One Response to Finding God’s Purpose For Us

  1. Mike Steinhardt says:

    You are right on the mark in mentioning Matthew Kelly’s upcoming meeting at St. Dominic’s. I read Rediscover Catholicism awhile back and it was the start of my taking another look at my life and my attitude. Cardinal Dolan (Called to be Holy) reminds us of the paradox that “the most liberated people are those most under obedience” which I interpret as some of the things you mention, i.e., bound by obligation, duty, responsibility, routine, etc. We are,” he further reminds us, “called to be men and women who love and share that love with the people we serve, and if we cannot do it with love, there’s no use doing it….the world won’t amount to a plate of gnocchi if we do not have love when we’re doing it.”

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