Living with Purpose Mini-Retreat: Day Three

Living with Purpose Mini-Retreat - text above photo of Fr. Kevin O'Brien, SJ

How can we live with purpose? Let’s explore that idea this week in our online retreat. In three parts, we’ll consider the demands and the benefits of living with purpose. Our guide is Fr. Kevin O’Brien, SJ, author of Seeing with the Heart: A Guide to Navigating Life’s Adventures. This retreat draws from the ideas in that book’s first chapter.

Quotes to Ponder

“We had the experience but missed the meaning.” —T. S. Eliot, “The Dry Salvages,” a poem in his Four Quartets

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within.” —George Eliot


Reflect on the past day, even the most ordinary experiences. What experience stands out as most meaningful? Why? Put another way, where did you encounter truth, beauty, or goodness (which is another way of saying, where did you encounter the Divine in your midst)?

Scripture for Reflection

  • All Things Work Together, Romans 8:28
  • Created to Do Good Works, Ephesians 2:8–10

For Further Reading

Living with Purpose by Tim Muldoon
The Awareness Prayer by Barbara Lee


Close with an Examen.


  1. Fr. O’Brien,
    Your insights about the first principle and foundation and gratitude in your mini-retreat are so very helpful. I’ve reflected for a number of years on the First Principle and Foundation, and have utilized the Examine as well. Often, my thinking clouds my listening for the Creator’s encouraging voice. Your thoughts about both have brought fresh insight to me which I greatly appreciate, especially during this challenging time in my life – thank you!

    I look forward to immersing myself in the thoughts in your book.


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