The most important thing we can do as Catholics is to have a loving relationship with the Lord. But with the demands and distractions of daily life, it can be difficult to maintain that connection with God, and difficult to reconnect if we have put our spiritual life on the back burner. How do we renew our relationship and stay connected to the Lord throughout our day, and throughout our lives?
Earlier this month, Rev. Francis Hoffman “Father Rocky”, Executive Director of Relevant Radio®, visited Mary Help of Christians Academy in New Jersey to record an episode of Go Ask Your Father™. The students asked excellent questions, many of them related to their desire to have a relationship with the Lord throughout their life. Below are three suggestions that Fr. Rocky had for the students to help them connect with God on a daily basis:
Establish a Daily Prayer Routine
Usually a sign that you are disconnected from God is that you feel anxiety – you’re worrying. So, if you ever feel anxiety in your life, or you’re worrying about things, you’re probably not giving your soul enough food, enough time with God. So the very first thing is that you come into the chapel, kneel down, and talk to Jesus. Go into the chapel everyday, even just for a minute. Those little things build up a great deal of relationship with God.
Be Willing to Put in the Work
We all tend to be lazy by nature, me included. But prayer takes work, going to Mass on Sunday takes work, saying the rosary takes work. And when you fall in love and get married it takes work. So I think it really just takes that effort.
Have a Conversation
Prayer is conversation. So just as you reach out to your friends by texting, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook to stay in contact with them – it’s the same thing with Jesus. So if it’s a beautiful day out there you can say, ‘Thank you, Jesus.’ If you’re hanging out with your friends and it’s great you can say, ‘Thank you, Jesus.’ That’s a great way to stay in contact with God throughout the day.
Listen to the special episode of Go Ask Your Father with Fr. Rocky below:
Learn more about Fr. Rocky’s visit to Mary Help of Christians Academy here.