She laments that almost half of Catholics in a survey responded that they “don’t believe God is a personal God.” So she created this list of ways to enhance your personal relationship with our Lord. Some of the ways are just stunning. All fifty are intriguing, but here are a few of my favorites.
“1. Close your eyes and just repeat the name of Jesus.”
Wow, I know that’s incredibly simple but it just blew me right off my chair. How easy. One can do it in the middle of a boring meeting at work, during a commercial while watching TV, while waiting at a bus stop, sitting on an airplane waiting to take off, laying in a hammock on a summer afternoon. Anywhere, anytime.
“5. Pray the news. Beg mercy for sinners, healing for the infirm, justice and peace and God’s will in all things.”
I bet that creates so much less anxiety in reading the news.
“20. When you kneel before the priest in confession, be mindful of the fact that you’re kneeling at the foot of the Cross accusing yourself before the God who hangs dying to save you. Hate your sin but let him love you just the same.”
“29. Some time when you’re not tired, lie down in the sun and try to be still with the Lord. You may drift in and out of sleep but you may also surrender your mind and actually manage silence.
“34. Pray for an image of your relationship with Christ–lovers, knight and squire, father and child, king and slave, comrades at arms–and learn through that.”
And finally for those who can’t muster more from their relationship with God:
“50. Go through the motions if it’s the best you can do. It’s better than nothing.”
Check out her blog and let me know which of the fifty are your favorites.