Purpose and Meaning

Is there a secret to the meaning and purpose of life?  Do you ever feel a paralyzed when you look at all your options? How can we avoid messing everything up? Find out the 5 steps Catholic thinkers recommend for a life of meaning, joy, and love.

Episode 13 · January 19, 2018 ·

Diving Deeper

  1. What is your earliest memory of "wanting to be something when you grew up?" Has that desire or goal changed or stayed the same as you have grown up?
  2. St. Irenaeus said "the glory of God is a human being fully alive." Do you know anyone who is "fully alive?" What qualities do they have? How do you know that they are "fully alive?" On the contrary, how can you recognize someone who is not "fully alive?"
  3. We just heard what the Church has to say about the purpose and meaning of life. How is this similar or different to the purpose and meaning of life presented by popular culture?


One of the beautiful things about our Church is that we don’t journey alone!  We have so many people, both past and present, who have lived virtuous lives that we can look up to.  This week, seek out a couple of people in your parish community who you admire, and interview them.  Ask them how they discovered the purpose and meaning of their lives, and if they have any advice for you as you seek your purpose.


Other Resources
  • Prayers for discernment from St. Ignatius of Loyola here.
  • Having trouble making a decision? Fr. Mike  Schmitz has some advice here.
  • Think you might be called to religious life? Take this test to find an order or organization that might be a good match. 
  • Here are a few examples from Scripture of people listening to God and discovering their purpose: Abraham and Sarah, Genesis 12:1-9;  Samuel, 1 Samuel 3:1-10; Esther, 4:13-14;  Apostles, Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:16-20, Luke 5:1-11, John 1:35-51;  Paul, Acts 9:1-19
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