A Church is kind of like a garage. Just because we sit in a garage doesn’t make us a car. So what makes us a Christian? An encounter with Our Lord.
“For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name” (Luke 1:49).
What is it that you want the Lord to do for you? Jesus asks this question of Bartimaeus the blind beggar (Mark 10:46) and proceeds to heal him of his blindness. What’s interesting is that Bartimaeus receives more than his sight. By telling Jesus what he desires, he displays real, active faith in Him. Once he receives his sight, he follows Jesus (Mark 10:52). Bartimaeus had an encounter with Jesus that completely changed his life. He had heard about Jesus and probably knew something about him, but he hadn’t encountered him face-to-face. When he did, he was lifted up, healed, and encouraged on the way.
In the same way, we may have heard of God the Father, or the Holy Spirit but haven’t necessarily encountered them. This semester, we will explore how to have a relationship with different Heavenly persons: God the Father, Jesus the Christ, the Holy Spirit, Mary, the Mother of God, and St. Joseph the Terror of Demons.
We will also see how they aren’t far away, off up in the sky. The Lord knows every hair on our head, and He cares for us deeply. “Cast your anxieties on him, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7). Notice how it doesn’t say ‘for he cares for your perfections’. The Lord knows we are imperfect; He wants to carry us in our imperfections and our struggles. Check out our schedule!
 “Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction” Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est