The BadCatholic Marc Barnes writes on a religious experience, and how redundant it is to attempt to attain God. Religion is about our efforts to reach God, Christianity is about God’s effort to reach us.
If God has reached down to us and opened up the pathway to eternal relationship with Him, than the role of the Christian is not to try, but to acknowledge. It’s not to reach, but to surrender and accept. It’s not to achieve, but to humble ourselves to the fact that there is One Who Has Achieved It All.
Most people, unfortunately, think Catholicism is about following all the rules to get to heaven. Catholics and anti-Catholics alike, think its about rewards. Really, its about grace, and the effect on us that drives us to want to be good and close to God. Likewise, you can go to yoga, or even pick up the rosary, and think that there is some kind of perfect prayer method. If we just do it right, God will respond in the appropriate way, as if prayer were a remote control, and God is just entertainment.