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1 What Is The Meaning And Purpose Of Life

  1. 1. WHO AM I AND WHAT IS THE MEANING AND PURPOSE OF LIFE? Please visit runningempty.org
  2. 2. A reminder… some things you heard last week… <ul><li>Called by name </li></ul><ul><li>A journey </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus Christ </li></ul><ul><li>From head to heart </li></ul><ul><li>From knowing to loving </li></ul><ul><li>Conversion </li></ul><ul><li>“Enquirers” </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Padre said… <ul><li>At the end of nine months you say “If all this is true, then why am I not a Christian yet?” </li></ul>
  4. 4. In this period of talking about the Catholic faith and about life, there will be no attempt anywhere to prove the truth of what is said, but only to state what, according to the Church He founded God has said.
  5. 5. Write these questions and your answers to them in your journal <ul><li>Your name? What do you do in life? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are you here? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are you now in your life? “It is a time when….” </li></ul><ul><li>Who are the significant people in your life? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>What is going on in society right now that is important to you? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the joy in your life? The pain in your life? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Sharing <ul><li>Read out any of your reflections that you feel comfortable to share with others. </li></ul>
  7. 7. I am a human being <ul><li>A curiousity </li></ul><ul><li>I live in two worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Spirit and matter </li></ul><ul><li>In me alone are spirit and matter united: by my soul I am spirit, by my body I am part of the material universe. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How we define ourselves <ul><li>What I do </li></ul><ul><li>What I have </li></ul><ul><li>What people think of me </li></ul>
  9. 9. How we are defined by God <ul><li>Child </li></ul><ul><li>Beloved </li></ul><ul><li>Made in God’s image and likeness </li></ul><ul><li>St Augustine of Hippo “The glory of God is the person fully alive.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>There is no deep knowing of God Apart from knowing of self And no deep knowing of self, </li></ul><ul><li>Apart from knowing of God. </li></ul><ul><li>John Calvin </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>All my existence, my peace, my happiness depends on this – to discover myself in discovering God. </li></ul><ul><li>If I find him I find myself And if I find my true self </li></ul><ul><li>I find him. </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Merton. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>The only way we can really see ouselves is when we see ourselves reflected back to us from the eyes of someone who truly loves us. </li></ul><ul><li>But the only one who can reflect back to us the fullness of our beauty is God, for we are made in the very image of God. </li></ul><ul><li>This is what we experience when we come to experience God. </li></ul>
  13. 13. What according to you is the purpose of life? How do you know?
  14. 14. The purpose of life? <ul><li>To love God and to love one another. This life is a preparation for eternity. We were not made to last forever and God wants us to be with him in Heaven. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, </li></ul><ul><li>God himself is the complete response to all our questions about the meaning and purpose of life. </li></ul>
  15. 15. How do we know? <ul><li>It was revealed to us by the One who made us – God. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Rick Warren author of “A Purpose Driven Life” <ul><li>We were made by God and for God and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make much sense. </li></ul><ul><li>When I get up in the morning I sit on the edge of my bed and say “ God if I don’t get anything else done today,I want to know you more and love you better.” </li></ul><ul><li>God didn’t put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He’s more interested in what I am than what I do. </li></ul><ul><li>That’s why we are called human beings not human doings. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>FIRST </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IT IS A JOURNEY </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SECOND </li></ul><ul><ul><li>YOU HAVE EMBARKED ON THE JOURNEY </li></ul></ul><ul><li>THIRD </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IT IS A LIFELONG JOURNEY </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Happy moments, PRAISE GOD </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult moments, SEEK GOD </li></ul><ul><li>Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD </li></ul><ul><li>Painful moments, TRUST GOD </li></ul><ul><li>Every moment, THANK GOD </li></ul><ul><li>(If you do not pass this on, nothing will happen) </li></ul>