An encounter with the living God

08-01-2021Eucharistic Adoration

Adoration is an encounter with the living God, it is a moment when we allow Him to affirm the truth that He made us and He desires that we exist. He desires that we might have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). The answer to every question which pours forth from the human heart is love. We come to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to understand, to be healed, to be free. We come and we place our needs before Him, for ourselves and for those whom we love. Yet at base, what we are truly seeking to ‘know’ is that we are loved by God. He affirms this by simply remaining with us, with calling us to Himself. Jesus’ love is deep, pure, and strong. He not only created you, He desires you. Jesus thirsts for you. May we come to Adoration to express our deep love and thirst for Him.

What is it like in an Adoration Chapel?

07-18-2021Eucharistic Adoration

Today, in the United States, there are 644 chapels where Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed twenty-four hours for the adoration of the faithful. There are another 6,605 chapels that have partial adoration hours. St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church is one of these. This is a great blessing for our parish and for each of us individually.

Each Adoration Chapel is like an oasis of peace in a busy, demanding world. All we need to do is walk in and be still. We will begin to feel Our Lord Himself there, personally present, All-Powerful and all good, waiting to listen to all we have to say.

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Boredom and Distraction: Gateways to Peace

07-04-2021Eucharistic Adoration

Does it seem scandalous to admit this-that you could find spending time with God to be less thanenthralling? Yet so it is. Boredom can often be a real stumbling block in attending EucharisticAdoration. But have you ever asked yourself why silence, why not having something to do, why justbeing ‘with yourself’ is so uncomfortable?

God not only speaks to us in beautiful thoughts and poetic prayers but also in our discomfort and…even inour distractions. Let Him speak to you by asking yourself these questions. By asking Him to reveal Histruth to you.

Peace: Absence and Presence

06-27-2021Eucharistic Adoration

Peace is normally defined as an absence of war, violence, or disturbance. We experience a lack of peace not only in our world, but often within ourselves, yet Jesus offers His peace to His followers—but what does the peace of Christ “look like”?

Jesus came, not only to take away anxiety, fear, and confusion in our hearts but also to fill us with Hislife. We experience peace in Adoration because there is an absence of noise and distraction but we experience the peace which Christ offers, because Jesus is present there. Our problems do not go away, but we recognize that Jesus is with us in our struggle.

Eucharist means thanksgiving.

06-20-2021Eucharistic Adoration

When we go to Mass we are offering God a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for all that He has done for us and all that He continues to do. In a special way Eucharistic Adoration is also a prayer of thanksgiving. When you find it difficult to pray or do not know what to say to God why not count your blessings? Try to think about the ways God has blessed you today, in this week, in this year. Once you begin to recognize the many ways God is already blessing you, your heart will overflow with praise.

Love

06-06-2021Eucharistic Adoration

In prayer we allow Jesus to love us. Our desire to love Jesus is in direct proportion to our recognition of His greatpersonal love for us. This is why looking at God’s action in our lives, both in the past and presently, is so important.If God continually reminded the Israelites of old to remember His works, it was to fortify them in the truththat He loved them and would always provide for their needs. When we look at our own lives we too can see howtime and again God has provided for us super-abundantly. The more we recognize how much God has loved us,protected us, and guided us, the more we will grow in our love for Him since gratitude is the beginning of love.May we continually go to prayer to receive love so as to make a return of love.

Look Upon Our God

05-16-2021Eucharistic Adoration

Heaven is the place where we shall behold the face of God unveiled. On this Earth we can also behold the face of God yetonly the eyes of faith are able to recognize Him. St. Thomas says that on the cross Jesus hid His divinity but in the EucharistHe hides both His divinity and His humanity. It is only through faith that we can look upon the white host and recognize theLord and giver of life, for “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen”—Hebrews 11:1. Maywe look upon our God with faith on this Earth so that we may behold Him in His glory in Heaven.

What can we offer?

05-09-2021Eucharistic Adoration

What can we offer to Jesus when we come before Him in Eucharistic Adoration? Praise for who He is andthanksgiving for what He has done. We can also express repentance for our sins and can trustinglyintercede on behalf of others. According to St. Teresa of Avila, prayer is “taking time frequently to be alonewith him who we know loves us.” When we come to the deep realization that God loves us, we willautomatically feel prompted to show forth praise and thanksgiving. We will seek to avoid anything whichcould separate us from God and will seek to draw others to Him as well. In Adoration we come to God withall that we have and we are loved in return.

Come to God with all that you have

05-02-2021Eucharistic Adoration

What can we offer to Jesus when we come before Him in Eucharistic Adoration? Praise for who He is andthanksgiving for what He has done. We can also express repentance for our sins and can trustinglyintercede on behalf of others. According to St. Teresa of Avila, prayer is “taking time frequently to be alonewith him who we know loves us.” When we come to the deep realization that God loves us, we willautomatically feel prompted to show forth praise and thanksgiving. We will seek to avoid anything whichcould separate us from God and will seek to draw others to Him as well. In Adoration we come to God withall that we have and we are loved in return.