My road to sitting with Jesus in Adoration began nearly 10 years ago. Quite, some might say serendipitously but after these many hours in His presence, I would say this has the Holy Spirit's finger prints all over it!!
My husband and I, along with our kids, had just made the transition to this new Church. It was actually where we met and were eventually married, but we'd not worshipped there since our wedding. We had moved out of town, and spend many years at my childhood Church until circumstances arouse that made it clear it was time to find a new place to call our Spiritual Home.
I was going through a very difficult time spiritually, emotionally and mentally - and in hopes of accelerating the healing, I began attending daily Mass as often as I could. One morning, as I was leaving, a woman I knew very well from the Church was sitting chatting with a friend on the little stone wall right outside the lower church's doorway. She looked up to greet me, with a warmth that I rarely encountered anywhere else in my life. After initial niceties, and we catching up on her daughters, she asked me if I had signed up for weekly adoration yet. I felt a little embarrassed as I didn't know much about Eucharist Adoration, and definitely had no desire to spend an entire hour sitting by myself in the musty chapel.
What happened next, though I would not realize for many years, was about to change my life forever. A bit dramatic maybe, but it is the God's honest truth - as they say. Mrs. P explained that she was responsible for assuring Jesus was never left unattended during the Saturday day long adoration time. She was pretty sure there were still a few time slots to fill, and asked if I would please go see if there were any that I could help with. Saturday? Are you kidding, I have 2 small kids, with soccer and baseball, plus housework, etc. No way could I give up any time on Saturday, but that look in her eye said I wasn't getting out without at least pretending to check over the schedule.
Back into the Chapel I went, waited the appropriate amount of time that would assure me she'd left and came back out to leave. There she was. So, she asked, did you find a time? OH $*%, I thought to myself how am I going to get out of this. No Mam, I responded, she gently encouraged, go look again I AM sure there is an hour you can give to Jesus (oh man that sounded familiar!! Think Jesus, 3 sleepy Apostles and the Garden!)
Obediently, I marched back in - the only available slot - 2:30 to 3:30 pm on Saturday. Really God? Surely, Mrs. P has left by now ... and without signing my name I headed back out of the church. OH Yeah, you guessed it she was still there!
Long story short - she was a messenger of the Holy Spirit that day and neither was taking no for an answer! I went back, signed up for 2:30 - at the time thinking I'd go a few weeks then erase my name. While, I could not have been more wrong. I kept that hour, diligently for 3 years! Then the Lord called us to another church that had Adoration every day - and 10 years later, I have had the incredible blessing of keeping at least one hour a week with the Lord!!
In this video, I share a little of how I spend my time in adoration -- tomorrow I will speak about the fruits in my life of that time spent with Jesus, in the Eucharist - body, blood, soul & divinity