I have a personal relationship with various service providers, neighbors, friends, and even a few people I don't like much.
I have an intimate relationship with far fewer people that I love dearly.
Faithful Catholics know what our Protestant friends mean when the ask about the former, but think of our relationship as the later -- intimate, loving, respectful -- and uniquely, adoring. Thinking of our relationship with the person of Jesus Christ as just a "personal relationship" seems somewhat common and distant.
Simply Catholic has a good piece by Karen Edmisten on this point:
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