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By Fr Jim Cogley

A poem that shaped my life from teenage years and etched itself on my brain was entitled, Have a Purpose. It’s now so far back that I can no longer remember who was the author but this is it:

Live for something, have a purpose,

And that purpose, keep in view.

Wandering like a helmless vessel,

Thou canst not to self be true.

Half the wrecks that strew life’s ocean,

If some star had been their guide,

Might have now been riding safely,

But they drifted with the tide.

This resonated with my deepest belief that each of us has a divine purpose that is as utterly unique as ourselves. To discover that purpose and to devote ones life in its pursuit has to be the ultimate secret to peace and fulfillment.


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