July 13, 2009

Who? What? Why?

By Jon Leonetti *

Who are you?  Whose are you?  What is your purpose?  And why does it all matter?


If you have ever asked yourself one of these questions, or all of them for that matter, realize you are not alone.  Millions of people, from the beginning of time, have asked themselves these same questions.  And it is GOOD to do so!  If we CHOOSE not to reflect on these questions we WILL NEVER be able to "cast out into the deep" as John Paul the Great asked us to do.  We will simply remain on the surface, floating along the waves of mediocrity, confused and empty like so many today.


For many of us, these questions may not be difficult to answer.  We have been told from the beginning of our lives that we are children of God.  We are told that we are loved.  We are told that we should glorify Him with our lives and we are told that our souls depend on it... this is all true, but it must go deeper than that.  And in going deeper, we must realize that these questions cannot be answered the same for any two people.  Our Lord created an answer to these questions for each and every person He has EVER willed to exist.


Yes, I know you can put nice sounding words together to make these answers sound good.  But how does YOUR soul answer them?


This week, in this short article, I am simply asking that you take these questions to prayer.  Think about them before you go to sleep, when you wake up in the morning, when you brush your teeth and when you are walking in the mall.  Pray about them before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, as well as when you are receiving our Lord's body and blood at Mass.  Ask your Blessed Mother to bring these questions to our Lord for you.  There is no more time to waste in understanding the full truth of who we are.  And in understanding it, we can live it, giving our entire selves to the One “who is.”


As we continue to walk across the U.S. we continue to pray that the young people of the world will be transformed by the un-failing love of our Lord.


"Live Greater" today.  Reflect on this gift of "greatness" our Lord has given you and "do not be afraid" to share it with someone else.


God's peace,



Jon Leonetti is the author of two books entitled - Mission of the Family and Your God Is Too Boring. He currently travels the country giving keynote presentations and parish missions. Learn more by visiting jonleonetti.com

The Live Greater Foundation exists to encourage ordinary people to live in extraordinary ways. Learn more about their work at livegreaterfoundation.org.

* Catholic News Agency columns are opinion and do not necessarily express the perspective of the agency.


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