“Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory” respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.” – (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2628)
“Man is a beggar before God.” - St. Augustine
Sitting in silence before the Lord for any length of time may be the greatest challenge in the spiritual life that we face today. In a busy world, making time for visiting Him may seem like an impossible task, but it can be accomplished. If you desire to spend an hour with the Lord, you must always give up something else first. However, what you receive in return from the Lord is much greater: His friendship. In reflecting on the lives of the saints, we understand that prayer before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament was the very thing to help mold them into saints. They were all in great friendship with the Lord. We too can be friends with the Lord, and grow in holiness by spending time with Him in His Eucharistic Presence.
'There is much to fathom in Christ. He is like a rich mine with seam after seam of treasures. However deeply you dig, never will you find an end or come to a conclusion.” -St John of the Cross
Reflections from St. Patrick Church Adorers:
“ I find talking with the Lord during my Holy Hour to be very soothing.”- George, 9:00 a.m. Hour
“ The best thing about going to Adoration over the years is that I have become a much more prayerful person. I happy to say that many of my prayers for people have been answered.” – Kim, Noon Hour
“The time I spend with Our Lord at Eucharistic Adoration is our time. I feel so much peace when I am with Our Lord. I say the prayers in a book for Adoration and then I close my eyes, and just speak to Him in my words. I tell Him how my week has gone, and all the people’s names I want Him to bless and heal. I always look forward to my hour with Jesus.” - Alice, 3:00 p.m. Hour
What will you give up in order to spend more time with Him?