Fr. Michael Gaitley
It is an awesome realization to discover that nothing about us is a random situation, that before God put the very foundations of the world in place He already chose for you and me to have life and knew the exact moment in time when He would give it to us?
And it is equally awesome to realize that it was for a great purpose - to use that time and the circumstances of it to be a means by which we grow in holiness and arrive at salvation, and that, in so doing, you and I would be a conduit by which His holiness and salvation, mercy and love, could be delivered to the world. How, on earth, can this call and mission be achieved?