“Behold I am with you always, even to the close of the age.”

Matthew 28:20

Jesus promised that He would never abandon His people; He promised that He would remain until the end of time. Jesus walked the earth over 2000 years ago, yet He is still present and active in the lives of His people. He is with them. However, recognizing God’s presence in our world today takes a ‘trained eye’ and an act of faith. Jesus can most readily be recognized through the witness of Christian people, people who acknowledge and testify to the power and presence of God in their lives. The ‘Encounter with Christ’ stories help to highlight how God is working in the lives of the people in the parish of St. Magdalen’s Church. These stories are meant to help those who read them to more easily recognize God’s presence in their own lives. God wants to be known by you and to work in your life—invite Him to do so.

Why I go to Eucharistic Adoration

09-11-2016Encountering ChristAnne Marie Kelly

Eucharistic Adoration is very important to me. It gives me time alone with God so that I can talk directly to Him and tell Him how grateful I am for all that He has done for me. I really feel such a closeness to Him, which allows me to talk about my faults with Him--I know now how much He desires to forgive me of my sins. His mercy is never-ending; it will be here with me for as long as I am on the earth. The Lord showed His mercy to me when I had my heart attack several years ago – I could have died that night but since He is the Savior of the World, He saved me. He constantly encouraging me to accept His mercy – it is always there so I can survive anything.

When I go to Eucharistic Adoration, I am able accept all of my trials as insignificant – my trials are nothing compared to the trials that Jesus endured. When I recall how we were told in the Old Testament that when people went to the temple to confess their sins, they brought a lamb and killed it to get forgiveness for their sins. God created His lamb, Jesus, who died so that all of our sins would be forgiven.

Adoration tells me that I still have a purpose in life – it is to help others come to the Lord and know Him, especially when I go to visit the sick and the dying in the hospital; praying and bringing the Body of Christ to them is healing their souls. Praying, sitting and kneeling in the chapel and looking at Jesus Christ makes my day! The more I am there, the more I want to be there. When we are able to change our "gold room" to "God's room", we must visit Him more often – being in His Presence will give you the peace that He gives to me.