Why am I here?

Why am I here?

The Scottish theologian, William Barclay, once wrote an answer to the question "Why am I here?"

He said, "There are two great days in a person's life; the day we are born and the day we discover why."

What's it all about?

The reason for our existence has to be more than gaining material possessions and experiencing worldly pleasures. When we die, none of our possessions go with us.

Thanks to Jesus Christ there is a far better life after death

Christ, by His death on the Cross, restored us to friendship with God. To benefit from this great gift, we need to believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior and to follow His teachings.


Here is the most important decision you will ever make
It determines where you will spend your eternal life...
in heaven or in hell.  

If our heart is fixed on the things of this world,
we will lose eternal life.

If our heart is fixed on Jesus and His teachings,
we will gain eternal life.

Jesus wants us to realize that it is a great tragedy to gain the whole world, yet lose our immortal soul.

Jesus does not promise us a rich and easy life. Our cross might be such sufferings as unemployment, family and health problems, loneliness and depression, or the death of a loved one.

A willingness to carry our cross is a test of our love for Jesus. Everyone wants to celebrate with Jesus; few want to participate in His sufferings.

We are expected to

  • do our best
  • pray for God's help
  • go to Mass and receive communion

And stay close to Jesus by going to confession regularly.

When you are tired of carrying your cross, look at Jesus on His Cross. Here is the One, Who loves you more than you can ever imagine.

When Jesus talks about faith, He means to trust unreservedly that you are loved. (Henri Nouwen)

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