I am a lapsed Catholic–pretty much lost my faith completely–but I do miss the church and, from time to time, I am curious enough to re-explore some Catholic ideas, doctrine, dogma, etc. I guess I sometimes feel like exploring possible ways back into belief, wats past all my intellectual objections.
That’s the background, in any case. My question for now is this: We hear all the time about how we should have, recognize, deepen, etc., our “personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” I’ve never, even when I was a happy and faithful Catholic, known what that phrase was supposed to really mean in practical terms. And I wouldn’t have a clue how to put it into practice now if I wanted to.
I’m curious to hear what others think that phrase might mean, in very practical terms. How does one have a “personal relationship” with Jesus? I can see praying to him, talking to him, etc., but unless he’s talking back I don’t see the basis for the relationship.
Not trying to be cantankerous. Just looking for some useful thinking on this. Thanks for any thoughts.