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CAN YOU SPEND TIME WITH THE LORD?           

            A Reflection by Father Mike on Eucharistic Adoration

We are so blessed to have the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel in our community.  From the day we began Perpetual Adoration here at St. Charles, many of our parishioners started finding time to spend before Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament and continue to do so on a regular basis.  

I find it such a joy to be with the Lord in Adoration.    Before I go to the chapel, I usually prepare some points for meditation, or I take my tablet with me to write down thoughts that may inspire me during my visit.   Yet, once I kneel before the Blessed Sacrament, I no longer desire to use any of the reflection points I had prepared, nor am I drawn to use my tablet.   I do not even have the desire to listen to the music I sometimes bring with me to listen to while I am before the Lord.   Rather, I feel so much happiness and joy just being with Him, knowing that He is really present.  My heart, mind, and my whole being begin to experience the overflowing blessings He has showered upon me from the very day of my conception in the womb of my mother until today.  I also feel such serenity in my heart. 

As I stay there for a few moments more, I begin to become conscious of my sinfulness and unworthiness.  Then my emotions are like that of the Prophet Isaiah, who had a vision of God while he stood in the Temple, and he cried out: “Woe is me, for I am ruined!   Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Isaiah 6:5   My mind also goes to St. Peter’s experience of the miracle of the great catch of fish Luke 5:5  Then he, too, cried out to the Lord: “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”   With that same emotion, I ask the Lord to be merciful to me, a sinner.   At the end of my time with The Lord, I feel joy, happiness, peace of mind, tranquility,  etc.   Hence, Eucharistic Adoration is not a devotion - rather it is a personal encounter with the one whom we know truly loves us.      Father Mike

            Perhaps, you would like to share with others some of your thoughts or experiences about your time in Adoration.  If so, please feel free to send your reflection in to the Administration Office, and we will place it in the bulletin.  You may do so anonymously if you choose. 

Please Note: The chapel remains unlocked during office hours (Mon.-Thurs., 8:00 – 4:00; Fri., 8:00 – Noon).  If you would like to come after hours or on weekends, please come by the office to register for the security code.