Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sit In Silence Before Him. By: C.C.

"Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration and in contemplation that is full of faith and ready to make reparation for the great faults and crimes of the world. May our adoration never cease." (Bl. Pope John Paul II)
"In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering."(Pope Benedict XVI )
Earlier this week I wrote about technology and the way we can employ it to share the Gospel and the Good News. However, it is also crucial that we find time amidst the chaos and noise of this technological world to Adore Christ present to us in the Blessed Eucharist. Adoration is a way for us to have a deeper encounter with Jesus. It is a time for us to sit in complete silence and experience peace within our soul. " Today we wake up to clock radios, we listen to the radio while we shower, and we watch television while we eat breakfast. We listen to the radio in the car on the way to work or school, we listen to music all day over the intercom, we get put on hold and we listen to the radio. We have Gameboys, pagers, cell phones,Walk-mans, Discmans, even DVD-mans. Most homes have multiple televisions, and we leave them on even when nobody is watching them. Our world has been filled with noise, and as a result, we can no longer hear the voice of God in our lives" (Matthew Kelly: Rediscovering Catholicism). Kelly does a wonderful job at describing the way in which we are bombarded with noise and distracted from God. It is this noise that truly prevents us from "hearing the voice of God". Many Churches have thankfully made perpetual Adoration available this means that the Blessed Eucharist is exposed 24/7. I personally wish that this were true for all of our Catholic Churches. I feel that it will only be made possible through immense support from parishioners. For those of you that have not yet experienced the beauty of Adoration I strongly encourage you to find some time within your week to sit in silence before the Blessed Eucharist or Tabernacle. Invite the Lord to speak to you. Offer up every care and worry. If you are distracted in your time of silence give that also to the Lord. I assure you that you will indeed feel a sense of calm, peace, and comfort. Lord tonight I pray that my Catholic brothers and sisters around the world will come to understand the beauty and need for silent adoration. May we constantly recognize the presence of Jesus "concealed in the Host". Give us patience to wait upon You and Your voice. Allow us to draw nearer to You through this sacrament. Lord I pray that You protect those who sit beside the Blessed Eucharist through the night hours in order for us to come and Adore. Thank You Lord for this beautiful sacrament and for Your numerous blessings. Hear the prayers and cries of those who sit in Adoration and provide them with the warmth and comfort of Your love. Amen (C.C)

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