Is it possible to serve God simply by living your life with a sense of purpose? This modern-day saint says so! | My Pope Philippines

Is it possible to serve God simply by living your life with a sense of purpose? This modern-day saint says so!

Saint Josemaria Escriva

“God is calling you to serve him in and from the ordinary. There is something holy, something divine hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it.”

 

In a world where everyone seems to be looking for the next big social-media-worthy concept, it may seem as if life is incomplete without grand gestures and a slew of “likes” from one’s “followers.” Seeking attention and validation from the crowd has become so all-important, that it’s easy to lose sight of finding one’s purpose and dedicating one’s life to it in a steady and certain manner. So what if you didn’t have those crowning-glory highs? Would your life be meaningless or pointless? For St. Josemaria Escriva, the answer would be a resounding no! 

 

Through his life and teachings, St. Josemaria showed us that our lives are filled with “ordinary” moments that—when embraced fully and lived purposefully—can be elevated to the extraordinary. 

 

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There Be Dragons

In the movie “There Be Dragons,” actor Charlie Cox portrays St. Josemaria Escriva. The film is set during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s.

 

His teachings inspire Christians to find the divine in the ordinary. He firmly believed that God’s presence is not something that we compartmentalize and experience only in Church or while reciting a prayer. Instead, he believed that God can be encountered in our everyday lives, and that one’s regular work can already be a form of prayer. Josemaria called everyone to aspire to become saints. He showed us that serving God and living a life of holiness is not only for priests and nuns, but for all of us—no matter what our purpose, status, and profession might be. 

 

“It is not necessary to abandon one’s place in the world in order to search for God,” he wrote, “because all the paths of the earth can be the occasion for an encounter with Christ.” 

 

Josemaria ultimately helped the faithful realize that serving God is simply about living one’s best life possible, whether it be as a faithful and loving spouse, an architect who works with the utmost care and creativity, a successful businessman who treats his employees with dignity and respect, or a cook who works cheerfully and passionately, knowing that every single delicious meal he or she whips up is already a special offering to God.

 

For the full article, grab a copy of My Pope Philippines July 2019 issue.
Text by Yen Cantiga.

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