I remember when I was growing up and our Church would have the Eucharistic Adoration opened until midnight following the Holy Thursday Mass. I used to enjoy going back up to the Church around 10:00 or 11:00pm to just sit in the quietness of the Church in front of the Blessed Sacrament and pray. Now that I’m all grown up I have noticed that a lot of Catholic churches have been adding Adoration Chapels and have additional times throughout the year for people to come and sit quietly in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Church that we belong to now has an Adoration Chapel but, up until the past couple of weeks, I never took advantage of it. As most of us know, life gets busy and hectic and it can be a little bit too easy to push your faith to the bottom of the Things To Do list. That’s how things were for me.
On my way home from the grocery store I pass by our Church. One evening after I had been grocery shopping and was passing our Church I decided, on the spur of the moment, to stop into the Adoration Chapel. The weather was not hot and I didn’t have any groceries that would melt so I figured I could spare a few minutes to sit with the Blessed Sacrament. Those few minutes ended up being a good half hour.
I carry a Rosary in my purse so I recited it while I was there. There is also carry a small notebook in my purse that I use to write down my prayers for others, Bible verses, quotes and Catholic prayers. I read through that notebook while I was there. Then I just sat. I had read an article that said that when you start going to sit before the Blessed Sacrament that you should just sit there. The article said to just let God guide your thoughts. So, I sat and just let my mind wander to things that were bothering me or that I had been thinking about. It was a very peaceful time.
The time that I had spent in front of the Blessed Sacrament stayed with me that week. This past week I have gone back a couple of more times. My prayer is becoming more focused. I still pray my Rosary and read through my prayer notebook but I also seem to now be able to enter into conversation with our Lord. I’m not only sharing my troubles with him but I am finding myself being more grateful for the many blessings that I have in my life.
At this point, I am making it my goal to go to the Adoration Chapel at least once a week. I like the peaceful feeling that it gives me and that peaceful feeling radiates into all of the other areas of my life. It’s a wonderfully quiet and peaceful time for me to spend alone with the Lord and to recharge myself. It reminds me what I have always known…that God is with me and by my side every single moment of every single day!