May I Walk With You?

October 28, 2019

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at

What would you think if I told you that being a Christian is not primarily about commandments, sacraments, the Church, sin and eternal life? What would you think if I told you that Christianity is not primarily about the Bible, saints, angels, and prayer? What if I told you that Christianity is not primarily about rewards, punishment, community, and morality? You would probably think I was crazy! Yet, I would be telling you the truth.

The primary thing about being a Christian is a person, Jesus Christ, not a theology, philosophy, ideas, or ideologies. To be a Christian, more than anything else, means to have an intimate knowledge of and a relationship with the person, Jesus Christ. That is why Jesus is the cornerstone of all things. He says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Note that Jesus doesn’t say that he a way, or a truth or a life. Jesus is not one of many ways, one of many truths or many lives. As a young Catholic Christian, I knew a lot about Jesus, the Church, prayer, sacraments, the Bible and all things Catholic Christian. It wasn’t enough! While these things are good and may lead one to Jesus, they didn’t come to life for me until I accepted Jesus’ invitation to an intimate relationship with him. Jesus is inviting you. Will you accept that invitation?

“Jesus, I accept your invitation to be your follower. I want to put my past, present and future into your hands. I give to you all that I am and all that I have. Love me and grant that I may love you always. My relationship with you is the most important thing in my life.”

“May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.”

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