"Pay attention to the movements in your soul."
Fr. Jim Martin is an author, speaker, editor for American Magazine, contributor to the New York Times, Jesuit priest and consultant to the Vatican. SO MUCH in the marketplace is secular so I know this may feel unfamiliar.
Actually, question #13 on the survey I give clients to help me prepare my presentation is this: "What topic do you not want me to speak to?"
Nearly each of the 1,500+ presentations I've given I've received the same answer: Religion and politics.
My friends, if we are unwilling to even whisper about religion and politics - we'll never find common ground or live our best lives. Today's episode is much less about religion and much more about discovery and how to live our best life going forward.
Today, Fr. Jim will help us better understand the movements in our soul... and why it's critically important that we stop and listen to them.
Fr. Jim Martin's Live Inspired 7
1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The 7 Story Mountain changed my life. The story of Thomas Merton, an American raised in France and the UK, who finds true meaning in a Trappist Monastery.
2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I'd turn the check right over to the Jesuits!
3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? At the day of our vows, we're giving a medal cross, we keep it our whole lives and we are buried with it. I'd get my vow cross.
4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Jesus! My first question would be, what would my life have been like if I didn't join the Jesuits. And I'd want to ask what was life like in Nazareth growing up - there is not a lot mentioned about his childhood.
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Don't let anyone prevent you from becoming the person you want to be.
A lot of times we react to people or try to be a person that is liked. That's not the person we're meant to be. We're meant to be ourselves. Trying to be the person everybody likes, that is useless. Be yourself.
6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Be yourself. Stop trying to be what other people want you to be.
7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He was a good Jesuit.
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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.