Today, I would like to reflect with you on the importance of going to Adoration for our spiritual growth and of the whole Church.
In today’s fast-paced world, the habit of prayer and contemplation is more essential than ever. Going to Mass is important, as we have highlighted in this article. However, going to Adoration is essential for Catholics to keep silence as part of their lives and an interior peace. Adoration is a Catholic practice that strengthens our relationship with God, living and present in the Blessed Sacrament.
Saint John Vianney said: “When we leave the holy presence of God, we are not the same as when we entered; we are better and more filled with God.”
Should I go to Adoration?
I love spending time in Adoration since it is a place where I can be face-to-face with God. Even if I do not feel His presence, I know He is there. A priest once said: “Being in Adoration is like laying down on the beach to get tan. Even if it is a little cloudy, or if the sun doesn’t seem to be reaching your skin, after some time, you will look sun-kissed. Similarly, when you are in Adoration, and you don’t feel God’s presence, after some time of being there, you will radiate God’s light regardless. He will change you even when you don’t feel it. He is always there.“
How actual those words are! During silent contemplation in Adoration, we can bring our joys, sorrows, and petitions before God and surrender it all to Him. It is a time to be, listen to, and grow in our relationship with Jesus.
Let’s look at some quotes from great Saints about this practice:
1. Saint John Paul II: The Eucharist is the secret of my day. It gives strength and meaning to all my activities of service to the Church and to the whole world. . .. Let Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament speak to your hearts. It is he who is the true answer of life that you seek. He stays here with us: he is God with us. Seek him without tiring, welcome him without reserve, love him without interruption: today, tomorrow, forever.
2. Saint Mother Theresa: “The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth.”
3. Saint Peter Julian Eymard: “Look upon the hour of adoration assigned to you as an hour in paradise. Go to your adoration as one would to heaven, to the divine banquet”.
I encourage you to make time for one hour of Adoration this week and to incorporate it as a weekly routine at a fixed day and time. Each week has 168 hours, and trust me, spending 1 hour visiting Our Lord will bring so much more peace and good fruits to your life than any other “important” activity you used to do at that time.
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