At about this time last year I had a so-called “renewal of faith” (thats what I call it) where I was really into our Catholic faith and involved with the faith. Well, I’ve drifted away over the past year and now I want to come back, to expeirence what I felt last year.
I know there are tons of smart people here, so any ideas guys? If you need more back story/info let me know and I’ll try to respond in a timely manner.
It may be that you don’t get that mountaintop feeling back, but don’t let that deter you. Keep praying, go to confession and receive communion as frequently as is practical, and stay close to the faith. I recommend reading the works of Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, who had a major crisis of faith during her ministry.
and adding to the above, say the Rosary every day and thereby enlist the special help of Our Blessed Lady to bring you back to the richness of faith. It works and all it needs is about 20 minutes a day.
First, understand that God’s truth does not depend on feelings. You may not feel God’s love, but that does not mean that it isn’t there. It is; and you may be experiencing what is often called a “dry spell” which, for some, is an honor-it’s proof of God’s trust in them!
But, after a spiritual renewal, one of these experiences is seldom welcomed; especially, if it’s the first one. The best idea would be, imo, to make use of all of your options:
You can go to mass every day-in some churches, on some days, more; see if there are any other activities you can join-prayer groups, Bible studies, or other activities for learning and experiencing; also, it;s important to read the Bible, and other holy books, and avoid literature that can feed your nonspiritual side.
Get to know other people in your church-it’s a community, after all. Maybe talk to someone who seems lonely, or even doubting their faith-it always feels good to be appreciated.
If you have any doubts about your original renewal, speak to your priest; he can reassure you about what you’ve done right, and advise you on anything that might have been wrong.
Anyhow, we’ll be praying for you, and, like I said, don’t rely on feelings-if you find you’re being faithful in your church attendance, really listening to what is said and done in the church, and feeling at home with other Christians, you’re most likely doing the right thing; if you’re, likewise, uncomfortable with sin, and near occasions to sin you can be assured that you’re a child of God, even if you don’t always feel it.