How Can I Make Better Use of My Time this Lenten Season?

02-27-2022Eucharistic Adoration

Consider visiting a nearby church in the area of your work or come to St. Magdalen’s during the day or afterwork. Spend a few quiet minutes before the Tabernacle. "The Sacred species reserved in the Tabernacle is to beadored because Christ is substantially present!” Imagine, time alone WITH Jesus!! What better use of anyone’stime, even if only for a short while?

The Glory of Heaven

02-13-2022Eucharistic Adoration

It is difficult to imagine how glorious Heaven will be. St. Paul says, “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).We have small glimpses of the joys that await God’s faithful ones even on earth, but they are simply that—glimpses. We experience the joy of good food and this is a foreshadowing of Heaven as an eternal banquet. We experience the joy of love in human relationships and this foreshadows the joy of communing with the Triune God. One of the greatest joys of Heaven will be to behold the beauty of God, face to face. Yet even now, we have a glimpse of that glory when we pray before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The joys of Heaven will be truly amazing but God does not wait until Heaven to commune with us, He does so now through the Eucharist.

Peace

02-06-2022Eucharistic Adoration

There is a deep sense of peace in Jesus’ Eucharistic presence. This calm is perhaps most palpable when wefeel storm-battered and worn thin from the cares of the world, work, and our family obligations. Jesus callsus to Himself especially when we feel close to drowning, when we feel the waves of adversity going farabove our heads. In those moments, Christ addresses Himself to us in the same way that He addressed St.Peter, “Take heart it is I; have no fear.” (Matthew 14:27). Jesus takes us by the hand and provides thestrength and courage we need to endure in trials. The peace of Christ brings healing and fortitude.

How Do I Make Coming to Adoration a Routine in My Life?

01-30-2022Eucharistic Adoration

Like any routine or habit we form, we must start somewhere. If you want to start to come to adoration but are unsure of what is expected or how to begin, it is really very simple. Just come. Nothing is expected and the reward is grace. You just have to show up to receive it. Even a few minutes of this loving, silent presence to the Lord is a precious treasure. In this silence, the Lord speaks to us and we are showered with His mercy, love, and graces.

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Purity of Heart

01-23-2022Eucharistic Adoration

In the Beatitudes, Jesus reveals that those who are clean of heart will be able to see God.Purity is a requirement to behold God both in Heaven and on Earth. Yet what does it meanto be clean of heart? It means to strive more and more to see others as they truly are:beloved children of God who are made in His image and likeness. It means seeking tofind Jesus hidden in our neighbor. Purity and faith go handin hand. The pure recognize Jesus hidden in humanity. The faithful recognizeJesus hidden in the Eucharist.May we be granted the grace to recognize Jesus always and in everyone.f

Prayers during Adoration

01-09-2022Eucharistic Adoration

When you come for a visit with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament you could use the following two prayers at the beginning of your visit. The third prayer could be prayed before you leave.

Prayer of Adoration

I adore you Jesus, true God, and true man, present in the holy Eucharist, kneeling before you and united in spirit with all the faithful on earth and all the saints in heaven. In gratitude for so great a blessing, I love you with all my heart, for you are worthy of all praise and adoration. Lord Jesus Christ, may I never offend you with my lack of love. May your Eucharistic presence refresh me in body and soul. Mary, Mother of the Eucharistic Lord, pray for me and obtain for me a greater love for Jesus. Amen.

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Feast of the Epiphany

01-02-2022Eucharistic Adoration

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Epiphany - the manifestation of Jesus as the Christ or ‘Anointed one of God’ to all the world. The Magi teach us a great deal about how we ought to approach Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration. First they approached with faith, recognizing that this was no ordinary child but rather the Son of God. We too must look upon the consecrated host, not as ordinary bread but as the hidden God. Secondly they presented the Lord with gifts, the best of what they had to offer. When we approach the Lord Jesus we must present Him with all that we are and all that we have our minds, and our hearts. In this way our Lord will continue to manifest His presence to us and through us to all the world.

Three Comings of Christ

12-12-2021Eucharistic Adoration

In Advent the Church prepares for the three comings of Christ. She prepares for His coming as a little baby atChristmas. She prepares for His coming at the end of time, when He will come to judge the living and thedead. She also prepares for the coming of Christ in the Eucharist. Emmanuel means “God is with us” (Matthew1:23). In the Eucharist Jesus is truly ‘God with us’. When Jesus came as a little baby He was vulnerable andweak; He hid his divinity. In the Eucharist Jesus continues to make himself vulnerable and weak, and hidesboth his divinity and his humanity. God came to save us from our sins 2000 years ago, yet He remains in theEucharist to heal us from the effects of our sin.

There are many forms of prayer.

12-05-2021Eucharistic Adoration

We can offer praise to God for who He is. We can offer thanksgiving forwhat He has done, but we can also pray for others and make their needs and concerns our own. This is calledintercessory prayer. Often in times of trial or difficulty the only thing we can say to someone who is strugglingis that we will pray for them. We can place that person on our hearts and then go before Jesus in the BlessedSacrament and offer Him our hearts. He will hear our prayers and answer them according to what is truly goodfor us and for others.