Purpose and Meaning of Life | Catholic Central

By | September 5, 2019

KAI: You sure this is going to work? LIBBY: Absolutely. I’ll switch this bag of sand with the Pope Francis bobble-head doll, and the door will open to reveal the greatest secret of all time. If not, we’ll be crushed
by a giant boulder. KAI: Crushed by a giant boulder,
world’s greatest secret. LIBBY: It’s a risk, but the reward of the
world’s greatest secret. KAI: Which, by the way, is what? LIBBY: The purpose and meaning of life. KAI: The purpose and meaning of whose life? LIBBY: Everybody’s. Life in general. KAI: Kind of want just the
purpose and meaning of my life. LIBBY: Yeah, me too. (piano chord ringing) KAI: Well?
(rocks crumbling) LIBBY: It didn’t work. Run. (upbeat Catholic Central theme music) KAI: Welcome to Catholic Central. I’m Kai. LIBBY: And I’m Libby. KAI: When we talk about the
meaning and purpose of life… LIBBY: We’re usually less into what people in general are called to, and more focused on,
“What am I called to?” KAI: What’s my purpose in
life? How do I live it out? LIBBY: We have this feeling that “Who I am?” is somehow connected to the “Why I am?” that my talents, passions,
and dreams are clues to why I was born and what
my life will end up meaning. KAI: We worry about our goals and choices. Which college? What job?
Should I switch to decaf? LIBBY: We worry about if we make
the wrong choice, we’re doomed. KAI: Life is an adventure.
It should be a fun one and have a happy ending. The good news, you’re not an
accident in a random universe, but are created by a benevolent
God with unique gifts and a unique purpose for being here. LIBBY: We all have a gift to
give, a lesson to teach, a story to tell. In seeking the deepest truth of ourselves, we discover how God has made each of us to make a difference
in the lives of others, and in a world that needs you. KAI: The glory of God, says Saint Irenaeus, is the human person fully alive, and God is constantly
giving us opportunities to step more fully into our destiny. It’s God’s will for each of us, and it’s not a one-time
chance for us to make or break. KAI: At every stage of life, whether you’re an introvert, an extrovert, or can’t decide, there’s
a reason we’re alive. Something we’re to give or to receive, and the real question is what that is. KAI: I’m glad you asked, Libby. I have prepared a
comprehensive 82-part plan to discern our purpose. First things first, we’re going to need a
sensory-deprivation tank. LIBBY: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, it’s actually a lot
simpler than that, Kai. KAI: Oh. LIBBY: Catholics have been thinking
about this a long time. We’ve got it down to five steps. You don’t even need to be
Catholic to follow them, and no deprivation tank required. KAI: Sounds too easy, but okay. LIBBY: Step 1: Pray. Pray and develop a relationship with God. God is the one who created
us to live full lives, lives with meaning and love. KAI: And like in all relationships,
communication is key. Setting time aside to pray,
to talk to God and listen, opens up our hearts to hear the ways that the Holy Spirit will lead us to the truest places inside us. LIBBY: Which leads us to Step 2: Look at your life and experiences. What brings you the most joy? What do you hope that people will remember about you when you die? KAI: I hope they remember
the joy I experience from my dinosaur-puppet collection. LIBBY: This is about personality and talents, what you love doing, what you’re good at, and maybe it’s physics or
music or telling stories, or the way you have with
people; your calm, your humor. KAI: Yup, dinosaur puppeteering. “Oh boy, it’s so fun to be here.” LIBBY: And you’re so good at it. Step 3: Learn about the possibilities. There’s so much we can learn
about what God is calling us to by reading, watching videos,
or exploring the world. When we see how others live, we come to understand the challenges and rewards they experience. KAI: This will help us sort out the options. It might give us some insight into what we long for in our lives. That something more which will connect us to something greater than ourselves, which brings us to step
4: Talking with others. LIBBY: As you discover
more about what speaks to you, and all the different possibilities, it helps to get some outside perspective. KAI: Find people you trust, preferably someone who can be neutral and look at your future objectively: a teacher, a pastor, good friends, elders. LIBBY: People can put you in
touch with hidden gifts and blessings you might
not have even noticed, and give you encouragement and direction for the gifts that
energize your life already. KAI: And lastly, step 5: Pray. Listen for wisdom and perspective. LIBBY: Wasn’t “Pray” step 1? – Well yes, but this
is a little different. Step 1 is about developing
a relationship with God in the first place. Step 5 is about the deepest
work of the discernment in the silence of our hearts. Real communication and listening. LIBBY: Listening to God. It
takes practice and patience. Some people experience God
speaking in spectacular ways, like a burning bush. BURNING BUSH GRAPHIC: Hey, Libby! LIBBY: An angel. KAI ANGEL GRAPHIC: Hey, Libby! LIBBY: Or, a voice out of the sky. V/O: Hey, Libby. LIBBY: But, most of us don’t. KAI: Most of us, if prayer
has opened our hearts, will experience our
calling in subtler ways, through a tweet from an old friend, our achievements, our mistakes. The saxophone guy playing
Amazing Grace at the bus stop. A new baby in the family.
God is always talking to us. Be watchful and mindful. LIBBY: Our calling might take a
different shape than we expected. Look at Luke Skywalker. KAI: Yes! Luke Skywalker grew
up as a moisture farmer. He was focused on
farming, and fixing things, and bullseyeing two-meter-long
rats for pest control. LIBBY: And then, one day, Obi Wan
and The Force intervene and give him a new way to use
his talents and experiences. KAI: Farming a rebellion
and saving the galaxy by bulleyeing a
two-meter-wide exhaust port and becoming a Jedi knight. LIBBY: Which brings us to our last and maybe most important point of the day. This discernment process
isn’t just an aptitude test like you might take at school or online. It’s about discovering our purpose in the larger sense of the word. KAI: It’s not just about
what to do for a living. It’s about how we are in
relationship with others and with all of creation. LIBBY: The Catechism of the Catholic Church sums up what we’ve been
saying today like this: It says our common
purpose is to know, love, and serve God and one another. KAI: We do this by seeking out the most passionate version of ourselves and bringing it with love,
fully alive, to God’s world. LIBBY: In finding our purpose for ourselves, it serves the greater good and serves God, the source of all good. KAI: Because we’re always evolving, repeating the five steps
can keep on guiding us whenever the path takes a turn. By developing and deepening
our relationship with God… LIBBY: Looking at our
lives and experiences… KAI: Exploring the
possibilities that are out there. Talking with others… LIBBY: And praying for
wisdom and perspective. KAI: That way, even though
you’ll still get stressed out and there’ll be lots of hard work, you can get through with
confidence, and strength to bear the burdens and
come to places of blessing. LIBBY: So, the world’s greatest
secret? Not so secret anymore. Discover your God-given purpose for a life of meaning, joy, and love. (boulder rumbling) KAI: “Crushed by a boulder?” LIBBY: For Catholic Central, I’m Libby. KAI: And I’m Kai. See you next time. “Wow, that wasn’t a big boulder.” LIBBY: Yeah, it was small. KAI: “It was a tiny- it was
a pebble, more like.”

5 thoughts on “Purpose and Meaning of Life | Catholic Central

  1. RapidCycling07 Post author

    You don’t have to be Catholic? Hmmm…sounds like dangerous modernist devil talk that doesn’t encourage people to want to convert to Catholicism…there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church


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