By John C. Preiss
If you have been an advocate for Eucharistic Adoration, you can understand the significance of it. It is a shame that many do not adore our Lord in His true presence in Adoration. As a convert to Catholicism, making visits to the church to spend quality time with Our Lord was essential in my conversion. It was as if Our Lord would speak to my heart and help me understand the journey that I was partaking in. It was at one point that I couldn’t even drive by the church without stopping in for a visit. I really felt His love in that big empty building during adoration. The peace and quiet time was second to none and at this point I would share all my thoughts, feelings and desires of my heart and lay it before Him.
My sister passed away about six weeks ago and it has been very difficult to deal with in some ways. If you have ever lost a sibling it feels as though a part of you is gone. She was not Catholic, but she attended church. Many times she would visit the beautiful Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament here in Hanceville. I asked her why she would come and she said, “It is so peaceful there, when I go there I feel something.” She did feel something, the presence of Jesus. What really matters is not where a person is; the important thing is for our spirit and our intelligence to recognize God in His infinite greatness, his immense power and in thus paying homage to Him, to adore Him.
Sometimes people express their great love for a person by saying ‘I love So-and-so, so much I adore him/her’. It is no more than an expression of affection, esteem, respect, for a person like ourselves. And ought we not to have it for God? Who deserves it more than, or as much as God?
Eucharistic Adoration was an important part of the message of Fatima. When the Angel appeared in 1916 and gave Holy Communion to the three little shepherds, Sister Lucia said that something had changed in them, this change set their hearts on fire and prepared them for what was to come.
Sister Lucia stated that, “We adore Him with faith, because we believe in Him. We bless Him with hope in the conviction that all good things come to us from Him. We give Him thanks because we know that it was out of love that He created us, that it is for the sake of love that He destined us to share his divine life. Hence, our adoration must be a hymn of perfect praise, because, even before we came into being, God was already loving us, and was moved by this love to give us our being.”