The book of Genesis describes how God worked for six days, creating the heavens and the earth and how on the seventh day He rested. Likewise, Jesus spent His days ministering to the crowds, feeding the hungry, and healing the sick, yet He drew His strength by frequently taking time to be alone with His Father in prayer. Jesus teaches us that in order to be fruitful in ministry, in order to "be" for others we must first receive love and strength from God our Father in prayer. In Eucharistic Adoration we too can take time to be alone with God—to allow Him to fill us with His strength and His love. The love we give to others is only what we have first received from God. In Adoration we receive the grace necessary to be faithful and fruitful for the Kingdom of God.
Saint Faustina was born in Poland on August 25, 1905 and died in a convent of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow, Poland on October 5, 1938. She was a young religious with only three years of simple education. At the convent she performed the humblest tasks in the kitchen, garden, or as a porter in humble obedience to the will of God.READ MORE
Saint Alphonsus Liguori was born in Naples, Italy in 1696. He was a bishop and also a great doctor of prayer. He wasdeclared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius IX. St. Alphonsus was the founder of the Redemptionist Congregation.He died peacefully in 1787. He was beatified in 1816 and then canonized in 1839. This is what he suggests about makinga private visit toourLord,present in the BlessedSacrament:READ MORE
On a Friday in September of 1240, at the convent of San Damiano in Assisi, Italy, Muslim Crusaders threatened the Poor Clares. Saint Clare defended the sisters with a monstrance. At the time, St. Clare was too ill to walk. St. Clare prostrated herself and prayed to the Eucharistic Lord to protect His handmaids. She had her sisters help her confront the invaders while she held the Blessed Sacrament in a silver and ivory case high in the air. When the attackers saw the courage of the sisters in the presence of the sacramental Eucharist, they were filled with fear and fled back over the walls they had scaled at the start. The sisters were left in peace.READ MORE
In every loving relationship there is a desire to spend time with the person with whom you are involved whether it is in a friendship, a courtship, a marriage, or a family. We schedule the time for dinner together or a cup of tea or a date night. Our desire to be with that favored person drives us to keep that time together without interruptions because we want to show the importance of the person to us.READ MORE
St. John Vianney was a parish priest in France who had great reverence for the Blessed Sacrament. He always delighted in discovering how many of his parishioners did as well. There was one farmer who would never pass thechurch without stopping inside. His tools would be left at the front door. Hewould enter the church and kneel directly before the tabernacle. Sometimes hewould be there for a few minutes. Often he would be there for several hours. St.John Vianney asked him once what prayers he was praying when he made thesevisits. The man told him, “I say nothing to Him. I look at him and He looks atme.”
"You are my strength when I am weak. You are the treasure that I seek. You are my all in all. Seeking You as a precious jewel. Lord, to give up I'd be a fool. You are my all in all."
This is a night within our spiritual life that cuts through — that resonates beyond all others — the Watch before the Altar of Repose. During this late-night vigil, parishioners are invited to sit with Jesus throughout the night. This vigil is meant to parallel the time when Jesus asked the disciples to keep watch and pray with him as he prayed to God at Gethsemane under the crippling weight of what was going to transpire. In the candlelit silence in the chapel, seasoned with the prayers of generations of believers, sitting before the true presence of Christ, the radiant peace and gravity of Christ's presence is palpable. The time here is markedly different from all others during the church year. This time is not a time to pray for ourselves or for others.READ MORE
The most important thing to realize about making a private Holy Hour is that we don't have to do anything out of the ordinary. We don't have to say any particular prayers, or read, or sing, or anything else. All we have to do is be present to the One who is present to us. We are present in body and with our hearts. We come to the Blessed Sacrament in a loving awareness of who is present.READ MORE
In our daily lives we make plans. We schedule hair appointments every four to six weeks. We make sure we go to the dentist for our six-month cleanings. We set a date and time to meet up with our friends for lunch or dinner or even just a quick cup of coffee.
There are demands on our time that involve our children, our spouses, our families-housework, athletic events, music lessons, preparing meals (planning, cooking, and/or picking up take-out), visiting our elderly parents, caring for a homebound or ill family member. It is true. Every one seems to want a portion of our 24 hours, including time for our own needs like sleeping!READ MORE
Consider visiting a nearby church in the area of your work or come to St. Magdalen's during the day or after work. Spend a few quiet minutes before the Tabernacle.
"The Sacred species reserved in the Tabernacle is to be adored because Christ is substantially present!" Imagine,time alone WITH Jesus!! What better use of anyone's time, even if only for a short while?READ MORE