“Withdraw yourself from people and spend at least a quarter of an hour, or half-hour, in some church in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Taste and see how sweet is the Lord, and you will learn from your own experience how many graces this will bring you." - St. Alphonsus Liguori
One of the benefits of spending time in Eucharistic Adoration is that no one should ever accuse you of being lukewarm in your Catholic faith. It is not possible to sit before Our Lord in His Real Presence and not be transformed by His Love. Many of us though, go through periods in our spiritual life when we feel that there is something missing, or that we are just going through the motions, or we lack the necessary zeal to progress to a deeper level in our faith life. A great time to ignite your spiritual life is the six p.m. hour on Thursday evening in church. Take the time to visit Jesus in His Real Presence, bring Him all of your distractions, cares, concerns, and worries, and then trust in His Mercy.
If you with all your sins know how to give your children good things, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him. (Luke 11:13) If it has been some time since your last confession, this sacrament is available during the six p.m. hour. Call upon the Holy Spirit to help you in examining your conscience, and to make a good confession. Pope John Paul II affirms in his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Reconciliation and Penance “It would therefore be foolish, as well as presumptuous, to wish arbitrarily to disregard the means of grace and salvation which the Lord has provided and, in the specific case, to claim to receive forgiveness while doing without the sacrament which was instituted by Christ.”
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed at 6:15 p.m. The recent earthquake in Japan has alarmed our nation. Along with fluctuating weather patterns, there is a great deal of instability in our world events. However, the oceans of Mercy are endless. Our Lord gave this devotion to St. Faustina for all. It is a powerful way to draw upon the graces that are flowing from Our Lord’s Merciful Heart: graces that we desperately need for our chaotic world, for the conversion of sinners, and in particular for the sick and dying.
Benediction is a Eucharistic devotion in the Catholic Church of the Latin Rite, and its purpose is to direct the attention of the faithful to the worship of Christ the Lord. A beautiful devotion, it instills in us a tradition that is long standing in our Holy Catholic Church, and one that is filled with spiritual treasures.
Last, and best of all, we have Mass available at 7:00 p.m. We should reflect often upon the words of St. Padre Pio “"It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do so without the Holy Mass." In Jesus and Mary, Kathy Miller