"The Blessed Sacrament is the magnet of souls. There is a mutual attraction between Jesus and the souls of men. Mary drew Him down from heaven. Our nature attracted Him rather than the nature of angels. Our misery caused Him to stoop to our lowness. Even our sins had a sort of attraction for the abundance of His mercy and the predilection of His grace. Our repentance wins Him to us. Our love makes earth a paradise to Him; and our souls lure Him as gold lures the miser, with irresistible fascination," - from "The Blessed Sacrament", by Fr. Frederick William Faber

The Lord graciously visits with us during the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday following the 8:00 a.m. Mass, and ending with Benediction just before the 7:00 p.m. Mass. Do you truly desire Jesus to be the magnet of your soul? If so, make a firm “spiritual resolution” in 2011 to “Come and Adore Him” in the Real Presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

What is Eucharistic Adoration?

It has been the consistent belief of the Catholic Church from the very beginning that the bread and wine consecrated at Mass truly become the Body and Blood of Christ; and that, furthermore, as the Catholic Catechism states, this “Eucharistic presence of Christ [which] begins at the moment of the consecration...endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist.” (CC #1377). In other words, the Eucharistic Christ then continues to be present in our midst beyond the Eucharistic liturgy when the consecrated host is either reposed in a tabernacle or exposed on the altar.

Why Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament?

 If we can adore the Eucharistic presence of Christ when reposed in a tabernacle, why do we then need to expose the Blessed Sacrament on an altar? People report experiencing a greater sense of intimacy with Jesus and attentiveness of mind and heart to prayer when they are able to actually “see” our Eucharistic Lord. The best reason for having exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is simply that God wills it. During His Eucharistic discourse, Jesus made this unmistakably clear: “Indeed, this is the will of My Heavenly Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son, and believes in Him, shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day” (John 6:40). – taken from Pope John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Association.

Adorers spending time in weekly Eucharistic Adoration has resulted in numerous blessings for our parish. Greater blessings await us! It is important to note that Our Lord’s humble invitation to spend time with Him in ‘Adoration’ is not for a select few but for all parishioners. Outside of attending Mass, many adorers find that spending an hour in Eucharistic Adoration is the most satisfying and peaceful hour of their entire week.

I thirst unspeakably to be honored and loved by men in the most Holy Sacrament (of the Eucharist), and I find few who endeavor according to My desire, to allay My thirst by making Me some return (of Love)." - Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary (Letters of St. Margaret Mary 580)

 Our Lord undeniably thirsts for you and me. He thirsts for all members of St. Patrick parish. How can we alleviate Our Lord’s fervent thirst for souls? Respectfully consider attending Thursday morning Mass at 8:00 a.m., staying afterward to spend some time with Him. Spiritual materials are available in church to make our Holy Hour more meaningful. Eucharistic Adorers often pray the Holy Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, read from Sacred Scripture, and/or just have a good heart-to-heart talk with the Lord.

Jesus loves the little children. In a world full of distractions, they need to experience the Lord’s love for them during Eucharistic Adoration. Our children are the future of the church: saints in the making. Families can attend Benediction and/or stay for evening Mass. Confession is available. May He find us not wasting time on the frivolous, instead seeking our true treasure on earth: The Real Presence of Jesus Christ. Challenge yourself in 2011 to spend more time with Him. His love, peace, and joy endlessly await you!

Kathy Miller