Dear brothers and sisters,
“We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
When we come to adore our Lord we are exercising both our love for God and our surrender to “his purpose.” We bring our hearts as they are with all of our gratitude, concerns, and trials and we present them with trust to the God who is able to work “all things” for good, even the Crucifixion of Jesus.
We bring the gratitude, concerns, and trials of the broader community and the human family as well. We offer gratitude for beautiful weather, discovering God in nature and travel, for time with family, and the good God continues to work through so many persevering people of good will in difficult circumstances. We offer the trial of those under oppression, for refugees and immigrants and those who care for them, for those who serve our country in difficult circumstances, and for the victims of violence.
If you have not experienced silent adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, I encourage you whether you have a serious trial in your life or things are going along with relative calm (anyone?). We have 24-hour adoration from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning as well as daily adoration.
“The faithful should make every effort to worship Christ the Lord in the sacrament, depending upon the circumstances of their own life. Pastors should encourage them in this by example and word” (The Congregation for Divine Worship). St. Francis de Sales, depicted in our stained glass window next to St. Paul, brilliantly encouraged all of us to order or prayer according to our responsibilities. Our God is one of good order. We are reminded by the two great saints side by side to foster our love for God’s presence in the Scripture and in the Eucharist according to our state in life. I tried the 4 a.m. slot and that seemed to work okay. This week I tried to go earlier and it probably was not as conducive to charity in my life. We are called to know God, know ourselves, and grow in the “science of the saints” as God’s children.
In Christ, son of Mary,