Ok, so hear me out…
Isolation. It feels like being on an island… stranded… alone… separated from society (play dramatic music here.) Or, it could be like taking a break from the real world and all its problems. It all depends on the person’s mine set and how they feel about it.
With the outside world, well…outside these days; and human contact reduced to very few, we must always remember that even though we may feel lost or misplaced, God is and always will be here to guide us.
Now, you’re probably asking, ‘How do we become closer to God when we can’t even go to mass?’ Well, He listens to us, wherever we are; and whether we know it or not, helps us reflect on what we truly need to focus on during that moment.
As young adults who believe in Jesus, we face struggles in our day to day lives. While at school we may find it hard to express the way we feel about our faith. We’re scared we will get judged and left behind because of our beliefs. It’s tough being a faithful kid these days. Right?!
So, thinking about how we could keep going forward and hold onto our faith in a hostile world, I decided to call up my friend, Ortencia, and get her opinion on how she felt about this subject. She says, “We can take time out of our day to reflect, pray and just have a conversation with God. One thing my family and I do is pray the rosery every night before going to bed to thank God for everything that he has blessed us with during these hard times.”
I love that her family is so tight and solid in our faith; but I wondered if it was the same with my other youth ministry friends. So, I decided to reach out to yet another HRYM (Holy Redeemer Youth Ministry😉) friend of mine to see if I could get a different type of approach. Ivan said “I definitely feel like praying has helped me through this hard time of stress and confusion. I have also been working on myself physically. Working out and exercising helps me stay positive and motivated.”
Even though we can’t physically receive Holy Communion or the other sacraments by attending mass, s we’ve always done, there are other ways, we can take them in to our souls and receive the grace of the Holy Spirit. There are certain prayers and sayings the whole world uses to become one catholic (little ‘c’ means universal,) and apostolic church. For example, for a prayer of Spiritual Communion we can pray;
“My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.”
Whatever you chose to do to continue to live the Faith, pray, read the Bible, workout, if you do it with an open heart and give even to smallest act up to God, we won’t need to be in a church to be closer to Him. He will always be with us.
Thanks for listening! 😊