A lot of people are so misunderstood about Catholicism and just religion in general. They misunderstand that our religion does not take the place of God in any way or circumstance. It is not our God. Religion is the relationship we have with God, to have that relationship - to have that religion- is very important. If we don't have that relationship with Christ how do we become what we are suppose to be as humans? Do we just wait and wander around aimlessly or do we make an effort to love God and live for Him through His love for us by obedience and submissiveness to His will?

It's all so complicated and so obvious at the same time. Well duh we want to have a relationship with Christ and come to love our Creator, but how? Of course, Jesus died for the sake of humanity ,and with that, also showing how much God loves and cares for us and to draw us closer to Him, but God does not stop there. He will never stop performing miracles in our lives. He will never stop loving us. He will never stop being our Father, Lover, Brother, Savior, Guide, etc. even when you deny His very presence in your life. And the reason I say this is because people have brought to my attention that "Isn't Christ dying on the cross enough for you?", well excuse me if I'm wrong for saying this, but since God has not stopped my heart from beating I will always continue to strive to live for God in all the ways possible (and made possible through His death and resurrection).  

Having a relationship with God works out just like having a relationship with any human being. To know someone you have talk to them, experience things with them, laugh with them, cry with them, love them, ask them questions, GET TO KNOW THEM AND LET THEM GET TO KNOW YOU. The difference between the human relations with each other is - God is perfect and you are not. Hint hint, more of a reason to become God's friend.

To maintain this friendship with Christ:

  • Talk to Him through prayer (however it is you like to pray - Chapel, candles, letters, just simple conversation, on your knees, All of the above..)
  • Learn more about Him and His wonders in the Bible
  • Recognize that you are in His presence and maintain silence and peace within that fact
  • Let Him love you
  • Seriously, attend church and attend it mentally, spiritually, and physically 
  • Open your heart to whatever Christ is telling or calling you to do
  • Ask for the intercession from Mary and all the other great saints in heaven

(With that, it doesn't even sound like much of a " routine religion" at all. It sounds like a relationship..)

There are so much more things that can draw you closer to Christ and help you desire that divine relationship throughout the period of the day. I won't go on listing examples, although I could, but what I'm trying to get to is that if you look beyond what is "normal" you can experience miracle after miracle, blessing after blessing. To see this way your heart must be open to the greatness and love of our God. 

"There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle." -Albert Einstein 

As I have stated above, religion is the relationship you have with the Creator. Don't cringe at the word religion and totally reject it until you truly know what it is about and WHO it is all about.

God bless you always.

Dear Lord, help me to always strive for You and give me the strength  not to go astray, but desire to  run only into Your loving arms. 

"Now the just shall live by faith:
but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him."
-Hebrews 10:38

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