THE IMPORTANCE OF A HOLY HOUR!

“Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.” -- St. Ignatius of Loyola

     Thank you to all that spend time in Eucharistic Adoration. You often make many sacrifices in order to keep your Holy Hour commitment on a weekly basis. Your prayers are greatly needed and appreciated. May you and your family have a Blessed Easter! May you always know how much the Lord values His friends: those who care and take the time to be with Him in His Real Presence. Mother Teresa once said that The Lord gave us the Eucharist because we would forget what He did for us on the Cross. May we never forget what Jesus did for humanity, and let us all continue to strive to grow in holiness with the sacraments, the daily work of our vocations, and unceasing prayer.

“There are even some who, led by ideas foreign to traditional piety, look upon a Holy Hour of adoration as of minor importance."- Blessed Pope John XXIII

One St. Patrick’s Church adorer that did not look upon a Holy Hour of adoration as something of minor importance was Emily Sharp. Emily was a “spiritual warrior” for our parish, often spending two consecutive Holy hours of adoration each week for over a period of eight years. That is approximately 800 hours spent in the Presence of Our Lord. This is not an inconsequential task for someone in advanced years of life. Often, Emily would battle the elements of extreme weather conditions to keep her commitment to her Holy hours. As adorers, we are very grateful for her enduring presence in the pew, praying for the needs of our parish and the world. It was sad to learn of her recent death, and condolences go to her daughter, Alice Shipman a long-time adorer.

“No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it." - St. Augustine