Pastor's Corner

2013 07-30  Eucharistic Adoration drives the Spiritual Vitality of our Faith Community

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

We strongly encourage participation in Eucharistic Adoration, which drives the spiritual vitality of our faith community. It has enhanced and strengthened the spiritual life of many of our parishioners and visitors.
The media publication, “Fully Catholic” stated, “…we get to realize that indeed the Lord is Himself present in the Blessed Sacrament. In Eucharistic Adoration, the host that we gaze upon is the Lord Himself and we keep Him company and do homage and worship to Him by our very presence.”

As previously noted, the following are some of the suggestions by the publication “Our Sunday Visitor” for what we may do during private Eucharistic Adoration:
– Meditate on passages from Sacred Scripture.
– Read the life of a saint and pray with him or her.
– Pour out your heart to Christ and adore Him.
– Ask for forgiveness and intercede for others.
– Pray the Rosary.
– Sit quietly and just “be” in the presence of God.

We can take to heart the words of Psalm 46, “Be still and know that I am God, supreme among the nations, supreme on the earth.” As we kneel or sit in His presence, we can allow Him to speak to us in the silence of our hearts. He can ease our burdens and allay our concerns, and provide us with the spiritual peace we seek.
The following “Prayer for the Spread of Perpetual Adoration” is provided by the “Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association”:

Heavenly Father, increase our faith in the Real Presence of Your Son Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
We are obliged to adore Him, to give Him thanks, and to make reparation for sins.
We need Your peace in our hearts and among nations.
We need conversion from our sins and the mercy of Your forgiveness.
May we obtain this through prayer and our union with the Eucharistic Lord.
Please send down the Holy Spirit upon all peoples to give them the love, courage, strength, and willingness to respond to the invitation to Eucharistic Adoration.
We beseech You to spread Perpetual Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament in parishes around the world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.  Amen.

During His Passion, the Lord wanted Peter to keep watch with Him for an hour. He invites us to spend time with Him. Many of us are busy with family, work, and other concerns. Spending one hour with the Lord, can bring a healthier spiritual perspective to our busy lives. One of our parishioners recently described his hour in Eucharistic Adoration as “the best hour of my week.” We invite you to prayerfully consider taking some time away from your “busyness” and spend just one hour each week in Adoration in our Saint Brigid Day Chapel. Our Lord welcomes your presence.


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