50 Ways to Talk to God is Blowing My Mind…

… Whenever I hear the phrase, “personal relationship with Christ”, I immediately have evangelical flashbacks — complete with hand waving, tongue speaking, and emotionally weeping. All set to the soundtrack of bad, romantically ambiguous Christian soft rock.

Maybe that’s why so many converts I know have such an adverse reaction to a little charismatic in their Catholicism.

Enter Meg Hunter-Kilmer and her excellent post about getting personal with Christ. Yes, I said “excellent.” Her 50 Ways To Talk To God is one of the most astonishing things I’ve read in quite a long while. Simple ways. Ways that I’d never thought of. Ways that you want to share with your kids or that person you know who’s going through a very dark night. Ways that are totally doable and must be read.

I know there are people out there – lots of them – who show up Sunday morning and call it good for the week. I know there are people who check Catholic on forms but don’t have any kind of a relationship with Christ. I guess I just figured there was a solid core of believers who were in love with Christ– or at least trying to be.

But I’m reading Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples and it’s breaking my heart. Almost half of Catholics, she says, don’t believe God is a personal God. They don’t even believe it’s possible to have a relationship with him. Most of us don’t pray beyond what’s required and when we do it’s not about love so much as a sense of duty. We might be committed to the Church, but we’re not really committed to Christ.

Guilty.

She goes on to write;

Here are 50 ways to approach prayer like it’s more than just something to get through so you can get on with your week. Try one, try them all, but try something.

Try something. And then bookmark her post and come back later to try some more.

About Katrina Fernandez

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  • Nathan Lucas

    Katrina, thank you for the link–these are really good suggestions. I’m going to share them with my teens. In Christ,

  • TheReluctantWidow

    Katrina, I book-marked the link. Also, I had to laugh about your evangelical flashback reflex. I have those too! I know someone who still uses a lot of the evangelical-charismatic lingo and it just makes me want to run and hide. The only reason I can come up with is the same reason I became a Catholic – I wanted more than just feel good moments and huge emotions. I wanted depth, I wanted old, I wanted sameness/steadiness, and I wanted a Real Presence instead of a symbolic one. But I have to admit, I do think more about my relationship with the Church rather than with Christ nowadays. As I have expanded my view from “Father, Son, Holy Ghost, and Me. Us four, no more,” I have de-emphasized the personal aspect of my relationship with Christ. I do pray frequently, I try to do more than just tick off the boxes, but I don’t know if I really and truly talk to God any more.

    • Rebecca Duncan

      “About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they’re just one thing, and we shouldn’t complicate the matter.” ~ St. Joan of Arc

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Wow, that was excellent. I’m going to have to link that up myself. Thanks for bringing it to our awareness.

  • michicatholic

    Your post is confusing. I’m a convert. I love Sherry Weddell’s book but make sure you get the point. It’s not primarily a tidy little book of advice. It has nothing to do with protestants or praise music.
    The finding is that only about 5% of Catholics out there have consented to a lived relationship with God. That’s because only about half of them think it’s even possible. No wonder most Catholics never show up!


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