Bootstrapping the Interior Life: Feelings

When you embark on the interior life, you’ll find that feelings come with it. Sometimes you’ll feel that God is so close you can practically touch him. Sometimes (alas) you’ll feel so bored you’d rather do anything else—almost. Sometimes even more than almost.

The thing is, the interior life isn’t about feelings; it’s about an objective relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s about knowing Christ and loving Christ, which is to say it’s a matter of the intellect and of the will. It’s about choosing to pursue a relationship with Jesus even when you don’t feel like it. It’s about choosing to love Jesus more than the (admittedly delightful) feelings of unity and closeness that He sends us.

And if you want to truly be so close to Jesus that you can touch Him, all you need to do is go to Mass. He’ll be waiting.

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  • Maggie Goff

    Thanks for the reminder, Will.

  • Heather

    For several months before I was received into full communion in the Catholic Church back in 2002, but once I already believed that Jesus was present in the Blessed Sacrament, I would get the “mystical warm fuzzies” as it were at the Consecration pretty regularly.

    The day I made my profession of faith and had my first communion, I didn’t get the warm fuzzies anymore. I’ve very rarely experienced them since.

    After a while, I realized that the reason they went away was because I didn’t need them anymore. I had the Real Thing, so I no longer needed the grace of the emotional high to sustain me.