For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and loses his soul?

St. Francis Xavier was once a young man who cared only for pleasures. He decided to give his life to God after St. Ignatius of Loyola, asked him: β€˜what does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his own soul?’ (Mark 8:36). St. Francis went on to become a missionary priest in the India and the Far East, converting thousands of people to God. St. Francis is the patron saint of foreign missions.

This is what my RS teachers and FFP teachers in College told me. I am a product of Xavier University and being a Jesuit School, gives them the authority to preach to their students the “Ignatian Way of Life”. I was called to become a KKP-SIP volunteer, and for 3 years I have spend my time with my co-volunteers and I have also joined seminars and retreats to make me strive for more for Christ and for others, or MAGIS.

I don’t know if I have answered this calling, I do not know if I have lived a life worth living for, and I do not know if I was a better person for the past 7 years after I have graduated from that school. I am no way a Saint, I sometimes burst out in anger, I act foolishly, I easily reacts negatively when people says harsh and bad things about me, and instead of turning a blind eye whenever people bullies me, I bully them too. And that makes me a bad person I guess. I have more to learn in life, and I must, again, instill the values and virtues that my teachers have taught me 9 or 10 years ago.

Yes, I may have gain the whole world, but what does it profit me if I lose my soul. I am not perfect, I am just human, and human as possibly that I can be, I need guidance and I need understanding, and I need to learn from my mistakes. I need to forgive and I need to ask for forgiveness. I cannot continue being a blessing to everyone when I cannot be a blessing to the people whom I consider as my enemy.

I will start to open my eyes and my heart, to see and understand people fully. From now on, this is my goal, to learn to accept the things that I cannot change, and to learn how to forgive without being asked to forgive.

12 thoughts on “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and loses his soul?

  1. What a very good question. I myself reflected on it for a while trying to give my own answer and i cant seem to pull to good one. How great of a lesson it is to learn that St. Francis Xavier turned into a saint because of this question.

  2. I can say that it is good that you were able to decipher your shortcomings and is doing your best to live a life as what God wants you to be.

  3. We all need to remember that we exist with purpose and though we may commit sins that’s because we are imperfect and if we repent sincerely our Heavenly Father will accept us whole heartedly.

  4. While reading your post, I remember a song which goes like this. ” I’m only human born to make mistakes”. Just what you have said, it’s normal for us if we had wrong doings. But what is important we know our mistakes and willing to change.

  5. Learn from pass and move on to the future. We are not perfect and that’s life but God forgive to those who sincerely ask him πŸ™‚ And i still believed everything we do happens for a reason.

  6. what a great post you’ve here, accepting and learning to deal with whatever comes our way is not easy but at the end of the day we shall learn to deal with it

  7. Learn from our and other’s mistakes and be humble. That’s what I always keep reminding myself. And not to be greedy. Though I need to work on my patience with small things, I have learned to be patience about life in general. I learned that if it’s meant to be, it will happen.
    Thanks for the thought provoking post. πŸ™‚

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