Dear Kianna: How can I practice my faith and stay connected to Jesus at all times, even in seemingly mundane moments? – Daily Searcher
Dear Searcher: Trying to stay close to Jesus in our daily lives can often feel difficult, redundant or uneventful. You may ask yourself, “Why can’t I feel the presence of God?” “What’s the point of following my same prayer routine every day?” “Does any of this even matter?”
I have asked all these questions, and here are a few important things I have learned. First, our faith should not be based on feelings, so be prepared to experience many moments of dryness or desolation. The spiritual life is not all about the consolations or high moments. The true test of our commitment to Christ is in the dryness, when we don’t feel like praying or reading the Bible.
After attending a church retreat, I am usually riding a “Jesus high.” While this experience is beautiful, the feelings usually only last for about a week. And then the true test comes: how to take what I’ve learned and apply it to my everyday life, so that I may become more Christ-like. Retreats allow for powerful moments of encounter with our Lord, but the key is to use this growth to build your relationship with Christ long after the weekend ends.
Invite Jesus into your daily life and he will bring meaning to your everyday tasks. Spend time meditating on the presence of God around you. Think about it: God is present in nature, in our family and friends, in silence — in everything. The awareness of his everlasting presence helps us see beyond moments of spiritual dryness.
Faith is a relationship, and Jesus desires to be your best friend. If you wish to share in this commitment, why would you ever stop talking with him? Building a relationship takes daily time, energy and dedication, so saying a monthly prayer will not be enough to have a real friendship with Jesus. Through the highs, lows and in-betweens, your relationship with Christ is a daily quest.
I leave you with this thought: Practicing the faith means living your faith. So, how can you stay connected to Jesus at all times, even in seemingly mundane moments? The answer is simple: Love. Love yourself, love others, and be aware of the presence of God’s love around you. Living the faith is all about learning to give and receive love. With faith, we can look far beyond our earthly world, beyond what we can see or feel, and into the heart of Christ. Never stop searching just because your human senses tell you otherwise. Be bold, be resilient, and be an everyday warrior for Christ!
Northwest Catholic - July/August 2020
Kianna Garmanian is the youth minister at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell. Send your questions to email@example.com.
Kianna Garmanian es Ministra para Jóvenes en la Parroquia Santa Elizabeth Ann Seton de Bothell. Envíe sus preguntas a firstname.lastname@example.org.