Attending Catholic school from kindergarten to college has given me many opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration. Some I attended (because I had to), some I did not—mostly because I hadn’t quite figured out what I was really supposed to be “doing” while I sat in the pew.
The first two paragraphs of this Catholic Update just kind of spoke to me:
The best kind of friend is the one with whom you can spend time without having to say anything. You can just share the moment and enjoy each other’s company, knowing your relationship is deeper than the spoken word.
That kind of silent communication is what takes place between you and Jesus when you participate in Eucharistic Adoration.
I have friends like this, so I can identify with what’s being said. These are truly the best relationships you can have with someone—one in which you can communicate without having to know the right words to say.
I will even sometimes cry out to Jesus in desperation, “You know my needs better than I, and you know what’s on my heart. Please help me.” And then I’m quiet. Usually, it’s while I’m driving somewhere, with the radio turned off, just so I can have some quiet time with God. I never thought of Eucharistic Adoration as a way to have this same conversation—whether in a desperate moment or not. It seems so logical right now that I’m not sure why it hasn’t occurred to me before.
While I’m not promising to head to the next adoration my parish offers, I am going to at least consider going sometime soon. How about you? Are you a regular visitor at your parish’s Holy Hour? Would you consider trying it a time or two?
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