Limitless Love – Matt Fradd (Saturday Night Keynote)

God’s Love Is Limitless

What does it mean to say that “God’s love is limitless?” The people gathered in the JQH were hoping that Matt Fradd had the answer. After all, his talk was entitled “Limitless Love.”

Here is what Matt had to say on the matter: “I don’t know what (limitless love) means, and I would like to invite you to consider that you don’t know either.” Knowing that the talk could not just end there, Matt tried to describe times in his life where he might have come close to experiencing God’s limitless love.

Matt had what you could call “humble beginnings,” back when he was growing up in Australia. He recounted how his mother used to pick him up after sleepovers on Sunday mornings to “drag” him to Mass. (He also did quite the impression of his mother.)

In his early teen years, Matt was an “agnostic,” not quite sure about God’s existence. He was inquisitive, constantly asking very pertinent questions:

Where did I come from? Who am I? Why am I here? How should I live? Where am I going?

Without God in mind, Matt was not getting the answers that he was hoping for. He found himself looking for arguments for God’s non-existence, and then finally, arguments for His existence. It was when he began to believe in Christ that he finally recognized God’s limitless love.

World Youth Day in Rome was a turning point for Matt. He recounted praying (for the first time) in a chapel in a small town outside of Rome. He felt a brief moment of embarrassment, as he thought, “I’m talking to myself.” However, he quickly realized that the biggest embarrassment would be to go through his life ignoring God’s existence and His love.

Since that trip, Matt has been recognizing God’s love in his own life and in the lives of those around him. Listen to the audio to hear more about how his eyes have been opened to “limitless love” and how he helped his childhood friend, Carla, to see it too.

Quotables

“If we want mercy, the only way we can receive it is by first being wrong. We must be wounded, desperate.”

“What you have done is finite, but God’s love is infinite.”

“My Nana was a super-Catholic. She had a cape and everything.”

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Written by Maggie Schroeder
Maggie was an intern at the Office of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 2016. She studied Communication and Theology at Saint Louis University. In her spare time she loves playing Ultimate and playing popular songs on the recorder (you know, the sonorous woodwind instrument you played in 5th grade music class).