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What is my Purpose?

There was a very popular book in recent years that caused many to ask, “What is my purpose?

Many seem to believe that “purpose” is a great mystery difficult to unravel. The problem is that many are injecting far more mystery than is there.

The truth is that divine “purpose” is simply something that we can respond to “on purpose.” This means noting the graces that produce virtue in us and then “purposely” choosing to nurture these graces wherever they may lead.

Am I purposely desiring to be holy? Or, are there less virtuous interests that I “purposely” dedicate my time? The holiness that we “purposely” seek is in fact our God-ordained “purpose.”

In short, we all have the same “purpose” which is to seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things we will be added to us (Matthew 6:33). Whichever vocation has a special grace for us to best live our “purpose.”

This is where the rub comes in for many: we are obliged to decide, to make a choice, and “purposely” respond, to want to mature, as Children of God.

The decision is ours to choose to move forward according to God’s providence:

“Now choose life, so that you and your children (including spiritual children) may live” (Deut 30:19);

“I come that you have life and life abundant,” said Jesus (John 10:10);

“What is it that you want?” Jesus asked the blind man. What is it that YOU want? (Luke 18:41);

We could always –also- turn to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and hear from her: “Do whatever He tells you.” (John 2:5).

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