1. 𝘽𝙪𝙞𝙡𝙙 𝙖 𝘿𝙖𝙞𝙡𝙮 𝙋𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙋𝙧𝙖𝙮𝙚𝙧 (𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙞𝙛 𝙞𝙩 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙨 𝙥𝙧𝙖𝙮𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙖𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙤𝙢)
Prayer is simply a conversation with Jesus. Of course, formal times of prayer are spiritually beneficial, however, daily life can sometimes make them impossible. While a simple chat with Jesus can happen any time and any place. Through these frequent exchanges we build a firm foundation of faith and strengthen our relationship with Christ. Just think of the relationship you would have if you only spoke with a friend at Christmas and Easter?
2. 𝘿𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙡𝙤𝙥 𝙖 𝘿𝙖𝙞𝙡𝙮 𝙋𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙘𝙧𝙞𝙥𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙨
What a gift the Bible is! We have been given access to the teachings of God, think about the magnificence of what the Scriptures provide us. The inspired Word of God available for us to read, ponder, and learn, through the power of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is kind of mind-blowing!
How often have you wished Jesus would just appear and speak comfort or wisdom into your current situation? In the Gospels, we are provided this incredible opportunity to sit at Jesus’ feet and hear his teachings. The more time we spend listening to him through the Scriptures, the more apt we will become in hearing his voice speak directly to our heart.
3. 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙚 𝙔𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙁𝙖𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙀𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙎𝙥𝙞𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜
Despite what many believe, Confirmation was not our “graduation” from religious education but instead is our invitation to seek a higher education in the Catholic faith. When we consider the fact we are seeking to probe an infathomable God it is truly impossible to deplete the resources available to grow in knowledge of him.
Spiritual reading can be incorporated into personal prayer time with just a few pages of a Catholic classic a day or integrated into leisure reading with a good saint biography. We are blessed to live in a time when the choices for spiritual reading is almost as inexhaustible as the God we seek to know through these works.
4. 𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙍𝙚𝙜𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙮 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙊𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙅𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙚𝙮
The Apostles were sent two by two to bring the Gospel far and wide. Jesus knew they would need each other as companions and support on their journeys of faith. We too need others alongside us on our faith journeys. There are great benefits to being connected with friends who can lift us up when we are feeling weak or discouraged in our faith, or being able to offer that support likewise to our friends. It is also a joy to be surrounded at times by people who share in the joy of living a life seeking a deeper relationship with Christ.