Earlier this week, I tried to do something practically impossible; I tried to have a spiritual conversation with a non-spiritual person. Notice that I didn’t say it was impossible, it’s just incredibly difficult as many have found. My mother always says you have to have a point of reference to understand certain things. For some that point of reference is experience, for others formal education, and some others it’s a relationship with Jesus Christ. Like when someone asks me how I know there’s a God. I can cite scripture or the tradition of the Church. I could utilize reason, but I was never of the Apologetic stream. So how do I personally know there’s a God? I have a relationship with God. God talks to me, and I talk back (literally and figuratively). I have a personal experience with God, and so I know God exists. That doesn’t always translate for those who do not have this experience, this relationship with God. You get something like this:
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I’m sorry if that doesn’t translate, but it doesn’t make it any less true. So the next time I have someone question why Christianity does this, or why the Church runs like that, or whatever other question I get asked by people from outside the Church and outside a relationship with God, I am going to pray for patience first, and then I’m going to remember that just because they lack this point of reference now, does not mean that they always will. I’m going to pray that everyone finds their God relationship, and that they come to know that God does speak. I had to learn this, and I did. It didn’t just change my life. It is my life.
Let God speak!
May God be heard!