Remember when you were a child and adults said to you, “The older you get, the faster time flies”? Maybe you have even said that to your own children. Perhaps this happens because we are always so busy — with work, with taking care of our families, with general life demands. Whatever the reason, the saddest thing about being so busy is that we tend to put important things on the back-burner, including our faith. This doesn’t mean that our faith isn’t on our minds, since every day of our lives is filled with spirituality; it’s just that we tend to dedicate less time to it than we’d like.
Let’s make 2017 the year we all reconnect to our faith on a daily basis. How do we do this in the midst of our nonstop lives? Here are some ideas.
- Go back to Mass. We all know what a sense of peace and well-being attending church services gives us, however, sometimes you have schedule conflicts. If you can’t make your regular Mass, check with your parish or neighboring parishes to find a service that you can attend. All of the churches within the Archdiocese of Hartford welcome you to join us. If you find that you can’t make it or would like the benefits of an extra service during the week, stream the Mass through the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Radio and TV website. On this site, you can find a wealth of Catholic programming to give you the spiritual boost you’re looking for.
- Pray every day. What is praying but speaking to God? Formal prayer is a wonderful part of our faith, but informal prayers are also important in strengthening our connection to God. Informal prayer can be anything from saying a quick thank you for life when you wake up in the morning, a wish for your child’s safety as he or she goes off to school, or just talking to God about what is on your mind. Prayers are devotional and life-affirming; it’s about intention and not structure — include them in your day whenever possible.
- Listen up. In today’s technology-filled world, podcasts have become extremely popular. Why not? These short audio series can be found on pretty much any subject you can think of, including religious and inspirational topics such as Catholic headlines and interviews with Catholic authors. Podcasts can be downloaded to any media player for you to listen to at your convenience, whether that be when running errands, walking the dog, or even doing chores. In fact, once you subscribe to a podcast, the new installments are downloaded automatically for you, making them even more convenient.
- Pope: There’s an app for that. No, really. The Pope App is “Your gateway to the latest news and information on Pope Francis … as produced by the Vatican’s own media services and featured on News.va, the official network hub of Vatican communication.” Follow live streaming of papal events, see photos and @Pontifex Tweets, and connect to all things Vatican media. The app has English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese language options. Also if you like apps (and who doesn’t), there are a number of Catholic resources to choose from.
- Get involved. The Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis provides amazing ways to become more active in the Catholic community and in your own faith as well as your child’s religious education. Visit our site and our blogs to see all of the opportunities we offer for you and your family.
What are some of the ways you and your family reconnect with your faith? Let us know on our social media pages.