A group of bloggers from the Catherine of Siena Institute for Evangelization have a great post on how Eucharistic Adoration can evangelize.

A similar thing happened to me. At a Catholic Youth Conference a room full of young people were on their knees before the Blessed Sacrament. They were praying with one arm outstretched towards the Lord, present there on the altar.

Their next speaker was a Baptist pastor. He arrived early and came into the room and was aghast. “What is this? What’s going on?” he asked. He’d never seen Eucharistic adoration before. When it was explained to him he started weeping quietly and whispered through his tears, “It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,” then fell to his knees and joined the young people in prayerful adoration.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11583896062297706545 TomBombodil

    Father, thank you for a wonderful story.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05227411938775535934 Jeffrey Smith

    A Baptist? I’ve always said we need a lot more adoration. That’s real proof.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03892529674664589034 Jeff Miller

    That is a wonderful story.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09356738924839809045 Andrew

    Besides our weekly Benediction after the Saturday evening novena, I get the chance to adore Jesus, present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday.The various guilds and ministries of the parish are each assigned a slot to animate the adoration sessions.Last year, I had the honour and privilege, as the leader of the parish youths, to lead them in adoring Christ Jesus and keeping watch with Him. It was an intensely personal experience for me, an experience of such closeness and deep communion with Jesus, to bend my knees before the Lord, to worship Him and thank Him for all that He had done and for His love for me.The sight of the youths, on their knees with outstretched hands singing to Jesus and bowing before Him with tears in their eyes moved many of our parishioners and reinforced their belief in the Real Presence of the Lord.The words we sang so many times before became real, became our words, became the cries of our hearts before the Lord Jesus present there. As I come into Your presence Past the gates of praise Into Your sanctuary Till we’re standing face to face I look upon Your countenance I see the glory of Your Holy face I can only bow down and say… You are awesome in this place, Mighty God You are awesome in this place, Abba Father You are worthy of all praise To You our lives we raise You are awesome in this place, Mighty God You are beautiful beyond descriptionToo marvelous for words,Too wonderful for comprehension,Like nothing ever seen or heard.Who can grasp your infinite wisdom?Who can fathom the depth of your love?You are beautiful beyond description,Majesty enthroned above. And I stand, I stand, in awe of you.I stand, I stand in awe of you.Holy God, to whom all praise is due,I stand in awe of you. I’m forgiven, because You were forsaken I’m accepted, You were condemned I’m alive and well, Your Spirit is within me Because you died and rose again Amazing love, how can it be That You my king would die for me? Amazing love, I know it’s true And It’s my joy to honor You In all I do, I honor You You are my king, You are my king Jesus, You are my king, Jesus, You are my kingCrucified, laid behind a stone, You lived to die, rejected and alone, Like a rose, trampled on the ground, You took the fall, and thought of me, above allThank you for the cross, the mighty cross, That God Himself should die for such as us,Many people diss these kinds of modern songs, but I can tell you, we meant every word of it as we sang them, every single word.After that, I led the youths in the traditional pilgrimage of visiting the various Churches where the Sacrament is reserved and adoring Christ there. It was a wonderful experience and a great preparation for Good Friday.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15692229876291491107 Mark

    Eucharistic Adoration is something I miss from St Michaels. Oh well…Thankks for this!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18103351412793889851 Thomas

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful and moving story with us. Eucharistic adoration is one of the most powerful and visible signs of our faith (after the beauty of the Mass) that we can share with other christians and something that is not practised anywhere near enough here in the UK. Bishops and priests take note!!

  • DGus

    I’ve got my doubts about this Baptist.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    DGus, I’m sure you’re not doubting my truthfulness in relating this tale, so you must be doubting the Baptist’s credentials. It did happen in the UK where Baptists are often not so intrinsically anti-Catholic.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17428918256547725187 Sherry W

    dgus:I’ve seen hard-core American Baptists be simply blown away by Catholic evangelization retreats and come again and again and again and bring other Baptists with them!It can happen!Sherry WeddellIntentional Disciples

  • DGus

    No, Father, I accept your account, but I just can’t help thinking that this was no true Babdist but some squishy pretender.

  • Anonymous

    We used to have a protestant come with his Catholic best friend when we had all night First Friday adoration and they would come at midnight. One night this man sat up in the front row and found himself overpowered by the presence of God. All he could do was tremble….I was sorry that he did not continue to come after his friend moved away.Me, I spend time at the tabernacle daily. What can I say? I fell in love…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12625534751963093726 Ave Maria!

    O Sacrament most Holy!O Sacrament Divine!All praise and all thanksgiving–Be every moment Thine!