Eucharistic Adoration is Life Changing

I’ve written before how my fraying life snapped back into focus during a chance encounter with Eucharistic Adoration. I’d been driving down a street with the windows open and heard the noontime bells ring as I passed a church. Obeying an impulse – ahem – I decided to stop in and maybe light a candle.

When I entered the church I saw the altar, alive with candles, and the gleaming monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament. “Oh, they do Adoration here,” I thought, with something like joy bubbling up inside me. I fell to my knees before the Presence and simply, quietly adored for what I thought was five minutes. When I rose and looked at the clock, an hour had passed.

Nothing in my life has been the same, since then. And that is a very good thing. Since that experience I have rarely missed a chance to pray before the Blessed Sacrament, and when a week goes past without that opportunity, I can feel the lack and the longing. Last year’s retreat, which afforded me the opportunity to Adore for hours was, as regular readers may remember, when I returned, everything was different. It still is; the lessons of that retreat have not yet run out.

Little have I realized, as we learn here, in this little gem of an exposition on the subject by Fr. Robert Barron, of Word on Fire, that some would see my love of Adoration as a sign of my ignorant, ill-educated mind. I am, of course, ignorant and ill-educated, but my visits to the Eucharistic Christ do supplement my education. I once heard a nun describe Adoration as being analogous to sitting in the sun. You don’t feel its effect until later.

Jennifer Fulwiler, former atheist, makes me jealous as she recounts her monastic retreat and what she learned from living on a monastic prayer schedule
Category: Eucharist

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  • newguy40

    I couldn’t agree more.

    With the kids out of school for the summer, I have been able to attend daily mass more frequently. Adoration too.

    I have been feeling and thinking to myself, “How wonderful this additional opporunity to commune and spend with the Lord. How can I keep doing this when the kids get back to school?”

    It is a real and true grace to spend time with the Lord. How can we do with less?

  • Jeanne

    Yes, people will say we’re all fools, kneeling in front of what the world sees as a nothing more than a piece of bread, but the foolishness of God is wiser than of men. Nothing beats the peace, joy, clarity and tranquility I feel after attending adoration. Nothing.

  • Bender

    Meanwhile, they are sounding the death knell of the Church over at Commonweal –

    Is the church finished?

  • Christopher

    Note: I’m not trying to catch you out, or anything like that. This is an honest question.

    Why don’t you feel this way when you eat Christ’s flesh and drink Christ’s blood? Why is looking at Christ’s body life changing, but making his flesh part of your flesh, his blood part of your blood, not, or not as much?

    [Why would you presume that eating his flesh and drinking his blood is less meaningful to me? -admin]

  • Christopher

    I would assume that eating his flesh and drinking his blood is less meaningful to you because you’re talking about how this one hour of adoration over a year ago changed your life and presumably you had been taking Eucharist both before and after.

    [Really? I would advise you not to assume anything -admin]

  • Christopher

    To clarify, it’s usual that when a person enthuses in such extreme language (“Nothing in my life has been the same, since then”) about one thing, and not another, that the thing really enthused about is the more intense experience.

    What your words suggest, at least, is that your life had been fraying while you were eating Christ’s body and drinking his blood, but then everything snapped back into focus when you prayed in front of his body for an hour which seemed like only five minutes.

    It’s only natural to conclude that eating his body and drinking his blood was not bringing your life into focus, but that praying in front of it did.

    Please believe me that I’m not trying to criticize. I endorse Eucharistic adoration. I’m not trying to catch you in some sort of mistake, or say that something is wrong with you. I just want to understand.

    Perhaps this is like a person who finds $50 on the street one day. It’s less than a tenth of his weekly paycheck, but being a surplus and an unexpected gift, he talks about it for a long time out of proportion to its real significance in his yearly income?

    [Or, perhaps, it is simply this: the Flesh and Blood of Christ, and the Liturgy, sustains me every day, and affords me graces and consolations beyond my understanding, throughout that day. Adoration instructs in a different way. My one hour at Mass on a Sunday is both communal and one-on-one...but because it IS communal, I don't get much one-on-one time with Christ. By the time the priest has processed out, someone is tapping my shoulder, to talk and I am quickly taken out of that time, even if I would prefer to quietly make my thanksgiving. Adoration is apart from the liturgy, and very quiet, and for that reason it is intensely instructive. They go hand-in-hard. And I need that extra instruction, because I am a very faulty person -admin]

  • Christopher

    Thank you for explaining.