A few weeks ago, I was invited to speak about adoration at Mass as part of an Adoration-sign-up weekend at our parish. We are so very blessed to have Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in our parish and in many of the surrounding parishes in this city and Diocese. The dedication to this devotion, as well as a loyal honor and love for Mary, I believe, are the reasons our diocese is so very blessed and why the Stewardship Way of Life is so successful. My mom put in a request that I share my reflection so here it is. If you have the opportunity to visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, I invite you to do so, even if you can’t commit to a whole hour each week, just go to Him and be with Him.
Do you ever feel like running away; escaping for a little bit? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a magical looking glass that would take you to a quiet place where you could relax and be still?
I’ve discovered such a place, although magic has nothing to do with it and anyone can go there whenever they need, whether it is during the day or during the dark of the night.
In fact, this place is right here in this building, right there beyond that wall. On the other side of that wall is the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, the Adoration chapel. It’s a simple room; a few chairs, some kneelers, candles, a basket of rosaries, sometimes some pretty flowers.
I’ve come to this room and other Adoration chapels many times in my life. I’d wander here to escape from homework, deadlines, clicks & gossip, annoying siblings and parents. As young adults, my boyfriend at the time and I would go there together; to receive grace & strength for our relationship and to discern our vocations together, it was while praying in an adoration chapel that he asked me to be his wife and I accepted. We have come there many times since then together, with our children, or alone to again receive strength and grace to live out our vocations as husband & wife and as parents.
I’ve come there to pray, to vent, to whine, to cry, to laugh, to listen, to adore…to love and be loved. I have found peace in this room, even if just for an hour or a few minutes. However, I’ve found something even more important than a mini-retreat from the world; I have found what we are all searching for, Who we all yearn for. In this simple room, in a simple piece of flat white bread, I have found Jesus—I have found God.
“Come”, He says to you. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Come to Him, be with Him, He is always there; waiting, hoping, for YOU to come.