Even though I attended the Atlanta Eucharistic Congress this past June, I did not get the chance to hear Matthew Kelly speak. It’s been a few months, but I finally picked up a one of his books and now I wish I would have heard his presentation.
I’m about 70 pages into his book Rediscovering Catholicism which was published in 2002. I think it’s fantastic! It’s one of those books that if I tried to highlight my favorite passages, about 80 percent of the text would be soaked in yellow ink. Here’s just one:
The authentic life begins with the simple but profound desire to play the part God has designed for us in human history. The unfathomable adventure of salvation begins when we stop asking, “What’s in it for me?” and turn humbly to God in our hearts and ask, How may I serve? What work do you wish for me to do with my life? What is your will for my life?
Our modern times have revolted violently against the idea of “God’s will.” Desperate to maintain the illusion of being in control of their lives, many modern Christians have either turned their backs on God, or created a new spiritual rhetoric that allows them to determine selectively God’s will for their lives. And yet, it is the very surrendering of our own will to God’s designs that characterizes the whole Christian struggle. The interior life is primarily concerned with this single dynamic of turning our individual will over to God.
God calls each of us to live an authentic life. He has designed this life to perfectly integrate our legitimate needs, our deepest desires, and our unique talents. The more intimately and harmoniously these three are related, the more you become truly yourself.
God doesn’t call you to live an authentic life so he can stifle or control you. He calls you to live an authentic life so that, from an infinite number of possibilities, you can become the-best-version-of-yourself. By calling you to live an authentic life, God is saying, “Be all you can be.” (pp. 57-58)
This book is deep and thought provoking, but written in a style that is inviting and allows for a quick read. Highly recommend!