What does Pope Francis say about having a personal relationship with Jesus?
“Being a Christian means having a living relationship with the person of Jesus; it means putting on Christ, being conformed to him.”
“Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won’t be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust him, be confident that he is close to you, he is with you and he will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as he would have you do.”
It can be hard to develop an intimate relationship with people we can see, let alone someone we can’t, like Jesus Christ. However, if you put forth a little effort, the rewards will be amazing and you won’t be disappointed. So how can you strengthen your relationship with Jesus?
- Set time apart daily to pray
- Sign-up for one of many bible studies being offered this fall
- Spend time in Eucharistic Adoration
- Actively participate in the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Reconciliation
- Perform an act of mercy or kindness
- Share your faith with others
What’s your favorite way?
My personal relationship with Jesus grew when I began attending a bible study many years ago. From there, it deepened when I started going to Adoration. I felt drawn to it, like I was being called. It is there that I spent time getting to know Jesus. In the beginning I prayed (i.e. did all the talking!), but quickly realized He didn’t want just that. He wanted to speak with me, too. Sometimes I smile, sometimes I cry. Then there are the times we just sit and look at each other. It is the most peaceful time I can ever have! God loves me for who I am (warts and all) and loves any time I can spend with Him in His house! – Diane Klopfenstein
As a reminder, St. Mary’s has Adoration the first Friday of every month and various bible studies for all levels are beginning in September (contact Tessa Roberts for details).
Jesus wants to love you with a deep, personal, soul-satisfying love. Will you let him?
Glen Oglia recently enhanced his relationship with Jesus from the Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life at the Emmaus House:
When I was discerning whether or not participate in the retreat, my first thought was 32 weeks, wow, I don’t know if I have the perseverance to do that! Well, thankfully, the Holy Spirit took over. The time spent during the exercises was probably the best time spiritually that has ever happened to me. During this time, I was able to develop a daily spiritual conversation with God which I continue today. I really didn’t have this happening before the retreat started. I feel so blessed now to have the opportunity to talk to God, one on one, and share with him my desires and needs. I am truly grateful for all that I have gained spiritually as a result of the retreat. Our God is so good!
For information on this year’s retreat beginning Sept. 27th, see http://www.theemmaushouse.org or contact Cindy Shaw at 515-282-4839.