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Priest’s Thoughts on Living a Fulfilled Life

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One of the great struggles of humanity is finding your purpose in life. Everyone, at some point in their life, asks themselves, “What am I here for?” “What should I do with my life?”

Finding your purpose (and pursuing that purpose) leads to living a fulfilled life, according to Father Joe. When you can’t figure out your purpose, it makes it hard to live a fulfilled life.

Father Joe Ferraioli, O.M.I., gave us his thoughts on what it means to live a fulfilled life, according to the Bible.

“In his letter to the Romans in the New Testament, St. Paul writes, ‘that for those who love God and are called to His plan, everything works out for the good.’ Therein I think we can find a tip for living a fulfilled life.

“It presumes that we acknowledge the existence of a God and that we exist because of that God giving us life. Our life was not given to us randomly, but rather God had a purpose for us when we were created. The believing person accepts this as a fact and then through the experiences of life and their own individual relationship with God, attempts to determine just what that purpose is.

“We can find this out by paying close attention to the signs of the times, to the people in our lives, and through the stirrings in our hearts that result from time spent in prayer with that same Creator.

“We all will eventually move in certain directions in life as a result of all this and the measurement I suggest is the degree of happiness, satisfaction, and fulfillment our particular state in life brings about for us will be equal to the degree to which we have successfully determined God’s will for our lives and made it our own.

“We will accomplish living a fulfilled life when we have discerned God’s will for us and choose to make it our own. We will accomplish living a fulfilled life when we have discerned God’s will for us and choose to make it our own will, satisfying the petition of the Lord’s prayer, ‘Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’”

Father Joe often does mass here at The Esquiline, where we think spiritual wellness is just as important as intellectual, physical, and social wellness. We recognize that spirituality means something different to everyone, and encourage our residents to explore what’s meaningful to them, whether through themselves, nature, or God.

Regardless of your beliefs, science has proven that spirituality is a major part of our well-being as humans. It helps us understand and control powerful emotions and it relieves stress. You can achieve the benefits of spirituality through the following:

  • Meditation
  • Journaling
  • Yoga
  • Prayer

Each of these, in their own way, allows us to reflect and latch on to our purpose, which is the key to living a fulfilled, happy life.

Schedule a tour with The Esquiline to learn more about what we offer for your spiritual wellness.

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