Why go to Eucharistic Adoration?

January 5, 2010

(MetroCatholic) - Today, my home parish, St. Francis of Assisi (Frisco, TX) begins its first step towards perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. This is my brief attempt to answer the question posed in the subject of this article.

A little over 5 years ago, I returned to the Catholic Faith after an extended absence. At that time I lived in a small town just a few blocks outside of New Orleans, and although a conversion had begun in my heart, there were still circumstances which precluded me from participation in the Sacraments.

One day, the deacon suggested I come to “Benediciction, Exposition, and Adoration”. I really didn’t know what he was talking about, but it was scheduled to end just in time for the men’s prayer group so I went.

Before that first night, had you asked why I wanted to remain a Catholic, I would have probably answered, “I’m not sure. I just feel drawn, like this is where I am supposed to be.” With all of the misguided theology and secular philosophy which I had been exposed to, that of itself was a miracle.

But that night, as I silently knelt before the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the Monstrance, it became clear.

“It’s the Eucharist! I am here because of the Eucharist.”

The Almighty God, come down from Heaven, was before me, calling to me in the silence of my heart. Jesus, who died for the very sins which had separated me from Him, was stirring my heart to a much deeper desire to know myself and others as He does. He placed in me a desire to learn, to truly learn what my Catholic Faith teaches and why.

Of course I continued to go to Adoration, and I cannot count the blessings I received or the fruits that came from it, but the greatest blessing I received was my Catholic identity.

There’s a lot of distractions and noise out there, especially for our young people. These can be confusing sometime and can strip us of our true identity.

We are Catholic! The Eucharist is our Catholic identity! It is “the source and summit of the Christian life”; both the origin from which we draw upon and the complete perfection to which our Christian hearts are oriented towards.

I am especially addressing the young Catholic readers: The Eucharist is your Catholic identity!

Many believe that it is a sign or a symbol. We believe that it is a sign and a symbol and more.

Some believe that Jesus or a part of Him is present in the bread. We believe that it is no longer bread, but that it is actually Jesus; body, blood, soul, divinity, the whole Christ present in substance.

Yes, it’s true that it takes faith to believe in something that is difficult to understand. But is it really more difficult to believe that God can change the substance of bread & wine than it is to believe that He can form all of creation out of nothing at all?

Ask your parents to bring you to Adoration. Spend some time with Jesus. He has a plan for your life. Ask Him to tell you about it.

Why go to Eucharistic Adoration? Because Jesus is there, and He is inviting you to join Him.

Comments

2 Responses to “Why go to Eucharistic Adoration?”

  1. Mauricio Frye on January 5th, 2010 9:50 am

    Awesome Article!

  2. Fra Chris on January 5th, 2010 11:05 am

    “Son Bathing”

    “It is like sitting out in the sun. You may not feel the effect at the moment, but a little while later, you know you were singed.”

    Sr. Briege McKenna, OSC

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