Our world with its amazing complexity did not happen by chance.
Let’s first consider the question of whether God exists. Here are three positions:
Richard Dawkins--a well-known atheist--says there is no God... Albert Einstein said God exists but is unknowable
and the Christian position…. God exists and has revealed Himself to us through the Jewish prophets and especially through Jesus Christ
If you go with the Christian position and are wrong, then nothing is lost.
If you go with Dawkins or Einstein and are wrong, then you have missed the incredible experience of
knowing and loving God.
The first sure way to find God is...
pray and ask God to come into your life
You may be afraid to let God into your life. This might mean a change in your lifestyle. But God offers an inner healing, and a peace and joy that the world cannot give. If you seek God with all your heart, you will find Him.
The second sure way is...
inquire about RCIA classes at your local Catholic church
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults offers free classes open to all, even if you just want to know more about the Catholic Church. You will find spiritual nourishment and fellowship.
A third sure way is...
follow God's commandment to love your neighbor as yourself
If we live selfish lives, don’t be surprised if God seems distant or irrelevant. But if we try to help the needy and the hurting, we have a much better chance of finding God.
Is there a person in your life that needs your help? Many places in the Bible show that love of neighbor... doing what we can to help others... will always be important in finding God.
Don’t look for thanks. Often you will not find it, or it may come later. Finding God is your reward.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
(Martin Luther King Jr.)
A fourth way to find God is...
attend a spiritual retreat
This involves taking time away from your regular activities to find out where you are and what you are doing in your spiritual journey.
You examine your relationship with God and with others. Then you decide what changes are needed.
Spending time alone with God becomes a priority. Now prayer gains new meaning and importance in your life. You experience a closeness to Jesus Christ.
As you enter Saint Mary's Church, your eyes adjust to the dim light.
You are standing at the start of a long aisle leading to the altar.
A few people are silently praying in the pews on both sides of the aisle. You sense God's presence and you know that He is near.
As you walk down the aisle you notice a red light above the main altar. The light indicates that Jesus is here. Now you recall Christ's words: "Come to me all who are heavily burdened and I will give you rest."
You feel a need to talk to Jesus. You slip into a pew... you begin to pray, "Our Father Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name…”
You tell Jesus you are sorry for whatever you have done that was wrong or hurtful, with a promise to try not to repeat those actions. (Block out any distractions and let your words come naturally.)
Then you let Jesus know what else troubles you and ask Him to help you. Let words of praise, thanks, and love flow easily from your heart.
Now you sense the need to be silent, to wait on the Lord. Words are no longer necessary. Being with Jesus is enough.
Before saying goodbye, you pray for others, including relatives and friends who are hurting.
You thank Jesus for this special time together. Then you pray a Hail Mary prayer to honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus.