I have developed a personal relationship with Jesus by spending time with Him in our Adoration Oratory. All the hours I could have given to Jesus, are gone. Why is it so hard to get younger people, to come to Eucharistic Adoration. They have no idea what they are missing! Paddy, a very committed Adorer. There is no phone, no computer, no shopping trollies, no washing and cleaning.
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It is just me and the Lord having a quiet chat. It just amazes me that anytime of the day, I can find Jesus here waiting for me. We are so fortunate to have such a treasure in our Parish. Long may it last! I love to read a few passages from scripture and meditate on them. I am now a much calmer and joyful person. My relationship with Jesus has grown weekly and in ways unimaginable.
It is amazing that the more I pray, the more I need Him. The more I need Him, the more happy, humble, obedient and contented I become. He is much more alive in every part of my life each day.
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But I am even more amazed and overjoyed at how great it feels to be back. Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament has been such a comfort to me.
I feel that he takes me in His arms and looks after me each and every day. I just love to pour out all my joys and sorrows and problems to Him and I feel He listens and takes care of everything for me. Adoration has been going on in this Parish for 10 years or more. My life was taken up with work, sporting activities, and holidays. I never had a spare moment. Suddenly I faced a crisis in my life and when all else failed I dropped into our church to ask for help. Adoration was in progress with a few people present.
On the way out I was approached by this man who asked me if I would commit to an hour a week for about a month and fill in for him while he was on holidays. After some persuasion on his part I agreed. This was the best decision I ever made. It was the first time in years that I experience peace in my life and I wanted more of this. When the month passed, he came to thank me and suggested I commit for an hour of my own. I agreed to give it a try. Seven years later I am still doing an hour a week. It has made such a difference in my life. I now go to mass regularly and have a much greater love of the mas and much more interested in it.
The crisis, bit by bit disappeared. I am still very busy at various things but the hour in Adoration seems to help me to have a clearer head and do things more effectively and efficiently. I now realise after all these years that the busier you are the more you need the Lord and one of the places to find Him is in the Adoration Chapel.
A busy sceptic, but not anymore! After the hour he came to collect me and waited outside in the car. After waiting for an extra twenty minutes, he lost patience and ran into the Adoration Chapel to hurry me out. I pretended not to see him and he sat down very impatiently for some minutes.
Finally I got up and left and he came speedily after me. I, on the other hand, was in agony. I closed my eyes, tried to relax. Another 5 minutes had gone by. Then it dawned on me that my whole attitude was wrong. I was choosing to be there. Did I want to be there? Did I want to spend time with Jesus? I did. So I asked God for the grace to let me sit there with Him, in silence, peacefully. I gazed upon the monstrance, containing Jesus — body, soul, blood, and divinity — and smiled at the intimacy of it all. I closed my eyes for the third time and prayed. This time, when I opened my eyes an hour had gone by!
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I was filled with joy—not because I had fulfilled my made up requirement, but because God had stilled my heart. I left that chapel filled with a peace, contentment, and joy unlike anything I had felt before. While it would be six months until I would attend adoration again, God had placed something on my heart—a desire to know Him more fully in the most Blessed Sacrament.
Today, I am a much different person than I was the first time I sat in adoration. I no longer dread the form of prayer, but desire it. I try to go to adoration several times a month.
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Sometimes, I am able to sit peacefully and sometimes my heart is more restless. But every time, I am grateful for the opportunity to sit and gaze upon the Lord.
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Have you ever gone to adoration? Have you tried, but felt defeated like I first did, and occasionally still do? I was recently talking with a group of friends about their experiences of adoration. A lot of them expressed the same frustration—that sometimes, time seems to stand still, 5 minutes seem eternal.
Have you ever been out of shape and tried to go for a one mile run. Rather than focusing on the success — you just ran for the first time in months!! Adoration can be a bit of a work out… for your soul. So set yourself up for success.
Have you ever heard of the “butterfly effect” of Eucharistic adoration?
Reading scripture is always a good thing, but is especially helpful and meditative during adoration. There are many prayer books and apps that contain daily scripture readings. I particularly like reading the Psalms and reflecting on a verse that speaks to me on that given day.