The Value of Adoration

Not every Catholic has time to devote to "Perpetual Adoration" that is, "a Eucharistic devotion whereby members of a given parish (or other entity) unite in taking hours of adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament (in most cases, exposed), both during the day and throughout the night, seven days a week." (source: EWTN).

In many parishes this possibility isn't even available; in my parish we use a chapel on the church campus for one day. Every Monday. I have participated since it's inception, and enjoy the opportunity to be with Jesus in silence. At Adoration there is no loud prayer, and participants remain silent, for the language of prayer is silence. Silence is also the absence of other thoughts. If, during Mass, our thoughts are all over the place, thinking about relatives, friends, football, the Ladies Guild, or whatever, then we are not silent. But it is a different kind of silence, perhaps.

Most people have trouble with complete silence and even with partial silence. Look at what happens when the priest sits down after Holy Communion and just doesn't get up to continue Holy Mass in the same length of time he usually does? People get fidgetty, they look at each other in disbelief, they think of getting out of the parking lot when they are really still at Mass... sounds familiar? People are terribly impatient. Why are we in such a rush!? Relax! I've got news for you, if you live in Vero Beach, FL and you are into retirement, life is much, much calmer. I don't worry about the next minute or two, or even ten minutes ... life ends fast enough, why let these remaining years be a time of frustration? Not necessary! Time is valuable to be with Jesus so that we can prepare to be with Him for all time.

So sit down with Jesus. And quietly prepare to pray, taking time to just adore Him in the tabernacle in silence. You can also read a spiritual text or pray the Rosary in His Presence. There are so many ways in which we can adore Him in a simple way, and thus use that time to provide intercession in prayer for someone's toil and troubles. Prayer for forgiveness and reparation for blasphemy or misuse of the Blessed Sacrament is also needed these days.

I've said hundreds of times in these reflections that "prayer works" - I'd like to shout that out so everyone can hear me, because it is true.

Jesus is an immense help in negotiating the small problems in life. Many small problems occur every day. Many people pray to the Saints and Blesseds, and they ask if they would, in turn, ask Jesus that some intention be granted ... Jesus hears those requests too! And they are answered. I feel that in my spirit, in my heart. And please, don't forget to thank Him for His Mother! She is the greatest intercessor of all time.

There are so many people who offer nothing but criticism, how they negatively feel about religion, the church, their lives, and all sorts of grandioze subjects that have nothing whatever to do with relationships. You see, what we have with God is a relationship; a relationship of love, of speaking (prayer) with/to God, and in that sense, relationships are very important. Such a relationship with God will one day save your soul - He promised us: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." Jn 3:16. That's the most quoted Scripture - and yet, many who read or hear it often do not absorb the meaning of it.

Work on your relationship with Jesus, and with His Mother, Mary who is our mother as well. Start simply, and His Grace will bring this relationship to a level that is far greater than we would ever think it could be. Make a habit of silent reflection, just sit and relax by Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and He will help you along the way. It's great if adoration is an hour long, but if you are short of time, make it 30 minutes or more. He will give you his Blessing for making time for him. Some churches also offer adoration with communal prayer (aloud), often tied to a Benediction service.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us now and ever.

Fred S. Schaeffer, OFS
May 13, 2014

In your prayers, please pray for me too. I have Parkinson's Disease (now 12 years) and there are many times that I cannot just hit the right key on the keyboard because of the constant shake in my hands, particularly the right hand. Saint John Paul II, please heal Parkinson' patients through your intercession. In 2017, I was diagnosed with Cancer. Thank you so much. /Fred



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