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The Purpose of Life: Know Him - Love Him - Serve Him

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The Purpose of Life: Know Him - Love Him - Serve Him

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58 pagine
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Jun 25, 2008
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9781467869034
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As a youth, my parents, pastor and teacher taught me that our purpose in life was to know, love and serve God. I was also taught that by fulfilling our purpose in life we would be taking the right path to Heaven.It is my unwavering belief thatthese are the most important lessons of life. Our acceptance of these teachings and our faith in Godare enshrouded in mystery. Why and how each of us accepts our faith in God varies. Therefore, there are numerous personal experiences and beliefs included in this book. If we properly fulfill our purpose in life, we willlove our neighbor as ourself. If we love God and love our neighbor as we are directed to do by our Creator, life on earth would more closely parallel life in Heaven. Our purpose in life includes the never-ending attempts to do His will on earth as it is done in Heaven. In the world today, religions are faulted for many things, oftenunjustly. But there can be no faulting our faith in God.Faith is agift that every individual is free to accept or reject.
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George E Pfautsch spent most of his working life as a financial executive for a major forests products and paper company. His final years at Potlatch Corporation were spent as the Senior Vice-President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Following his retirement he began writing and speaking on the national morality he believes was intended for this nation by the founding fathers of our country. In his first book, REDEFINING MORALITY-A THREAT TO OUR NATION, he examined the new secular standards of this country that are undermining the principles our founding father intended as a cornerstone to our Constitution and laws. In his second book, TIMES OF GREATNESS-MORALITY MATTERS, Pfautsch reviewed the history of our nation and the role that the national faith-based morality intended by our founding fathers played in the greatest periods of our nation.

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The Purpose of Life - George E. Pfautsch

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© 2008 George E Pfautsch. All rights reserved.

No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means without the written permission of the author.

First published by AuthorHouse 5/12/2010

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Contents

Acknowledgements and Thanks

Introduction

1--- The Profession of Faith

2--- The Holy Trinity

3--- Know Him

4--- Who Do You Say I Am?

5--- Love Him

6--- Do this in Memory of Me

7--- Serve Him

8--- Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

9--- Moving to Our Eternal Home

About the Author

Acknowledgements and Thanks

The advice and editing of this book by Monsignor John McCracken was very helpful and is greatly appreciated. My wife, Dodi, as always deserves thanks for her patience and her input. My parents, my brothers and sisters, my children and all members of my family have helped shape my views on the purpose of life. Father Roger Niemeyer, OFM, an early pastor, was a positive influence in my youth as was my teacher, Marie Roetheli Aholt. Father Ted Schelich, OFM, who presided at our marriage and was my big brother during my years at St. Joseph Seminary in Westmont, Illinois along with the Franciscan fathers of St. Joseph were instrumental in helping me better understand the purpose of life. Most of all I thank the Holy Spirit. He is our heavenly Spiritual Director.

Introduction

In my previous books, considerable emphasis was given to the importance of faith-based morality in our lives, in the lives of our community and in its importance to our nation. This morality is dependent on the belief and love of our Creator and in caring for our neighbor as much as we care for ourselves. The command to do that came from our Savior Himself.

In Chapter 9 of my book Redefining Morality, the necessity of faith and sacrifice in our lives was addressed, but so much more can be said of our own personal faith and what it means to us. To some degree, all human beings have faith in the secular meaning of the word, i.e. a belief that cannot be proven. The atheist rejects the existence of God and has the belief or faith that truth must be established on verifiable data. The agnostic does not know if a God exists and is in the perpetual state of searching for truth. People of different religious denominations have their beliefs and faith in the tenets or creeds of their own religion.

To those of us belonging to the Christian faith, we believe not only in a Creator, but also in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer and in other tenets of our individual denomination. As a Roman Catholic I fully accept that which our Sacred Scripture, Apostolic Tradition and the Church’s Magisterium provide us. Many of those beliefs are provided in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Catechism). When releasing it Pope John Paul II said it is a statement of the Church’s faith and of Catholic doctrine, attested to or illuminated by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium. I declare it to be a sure norm for teaching the faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion. The Catechism gives us the doctrine of what we as Catholics believe of our faith:

Faith is certain. It is more important than all human knowledge because it is founded on the very word of God who cannot lie. To be sure, revealed truths can seem obscure to human reason and experience, but the certainty that the divine light gives is greater than that which the light of natural reason gives. Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.

Faith is the greatest gift God gives us. It is provided to us by the grace we receive from the Holy Spirit. It is a guiding light in our lives. It is a gift for which we should be grateful every day, and every moment of our lives. Living and acting upon our faith is the reason God made us and thus the title of this book, The Purpose of Life. To every reader of this book, let me make it clear that I claim no greater knowledge of theology than you. This book is merely a recitation of the importance faith, which is individualistic, has had and continues to have in my life and that I hope has in your life.

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