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January 21 | The Big Question

Saint Agnes

A.D. 291–304

A seismic shift occurs in our spiritual lives when we stop asking God for what we want and begin to ask The Big Question.

This is The Big Question: "God, what do you think I should do?" When we start asking God for advice, direction, inspiration, and guidance, this is a significant moment. When we stop asking him for things, for favors, and for our will to be done, we open ourselves to his wisdom.

Saint Agnes started asking The Big Question at a young age. Even though she only lived to thirteen years old and little is known about her, she is one of the most revered saints in the Catholic Church.

Agnes was raised in a Christian home in Rome when Christianity was still illegal. As she grew older, her beauty drew the attention of many high-ranking suitors. When they proposed marriage, Agnes asked The Big Question: “God, what do you think I should do?” In response, she felt God calling her not to marry. So she rejected all their proposals.

Angered by her refusal, one of the rejected suitors exposed her Christian beliefs to the authorities, leading to her arrest. Even in the face of execution, Agnes sought God’s will, asking, “God, what do you think I should do?” She held steadfast to her faith, and as a result, was killed for it.

For Saint Agnes, The Big Question was not a one-time event. It was a guiding principle of her life, a question she asked over and over again. May it be the same for us. 

Ask The Big Question today, whenever you have a decision to make. Ask it again and again, and soon you’ll find yourself living out God’s dream for you.

What would happen if I started asking God The Big Question whenever I had a big decision to make?

“God, what do you want me to do today?”

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Symbols: A lamb and a Martyr's Palm

Feast Day: January 21

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