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Samuel McAdams wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • How I get back into going to church?

I'm a 30-year-old male and used to go to church as a kid, but all I want to do these days is:

  • have fun with friends
  • play video games, and
  • run around the neighborhood.

I'm also anti-social and don't like being around a bunch of people. I don't know; it makes me nervous.

  • What do I do?

I know I love the Lord.

Samuel

  { How does a 30-year-old, who used to go to church as a kid, get back to going, despite my attitude? }

Bob replied:

Samuel,

This is where you take a little advice from Nike: Just Do It! There is no other way than to just go. Ask God for help and then just absorb the experience. Go with the expectation that this is about you and God, and He will create the pathway to connect with other people. That is the secondary goal.

Your first goal should be to be an obedient son who is called to become a man. He'll show you how in good time; just start by first being obedient.

If you have been away from church, you should also go to Confession before receiving the Blessed Sacrament. Make it a point to do things right and you will be richly blessed.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Hi Samuel,

As Bob said, I would Just Do It!

A good start would be making an appointment with the pastor or a priest who can hear your Confession.

At that time, I would encourage you to ask about activities (and/or) ministries the parish has that, despite an anti-social attitude, you may enjoy or at least feel like part of the local Catholic family.

You will never know what activities are going on in the church that may interest you, unless you ask.

I hope this helps,

Mike

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