The most often asked question I receive when encouraging people to make a regular Eucharist Adoration hour is <drumroll> "What on earth will I do in there for a whole hour?" After over 10 years of being blessed to make a weekly Adoration hour, there are days I've asked myself that same question. While I've enjoyed visits when I can just sit in quiet staring at Jesus - deeply ensconced in prayer, admiration and peace. Other weeks, I am fidgety and distracted... here are some of my favorite new media tricks that help keep me focused before the Blessed Sacrament:
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Kindle (now my iPad with the Kindle App):- OH the size of my tote bag before this invention. I always have multiple books in process of being read and I never know which one I am going to want. Not to mention bibles, the Catechism and a notebook!
Rosary Apps - at one point telling you my favorite was easy - now there are so many good ones out there, it is harder to single out just one. My advice - do a search in the App or Play store - and experiment, most are free or inexpensive!
Facebook - what?? Is she kidding? In a way yes, I am not suggesting status updates and photo perusal - but not completely dissing a use for FB in Adoration. The day (of or before) I am planning my adoration hour, I will post a picture (like this one on the right) and a request for prayers on my Facebook wall. I am always amazed and humbled by the number I receive. Then when I am finally sitting in front of Jesus, I open my Facebook App, to scroll through each and every one and pray. I usually recite a Hail Mary for each person and request - depending on time, sometimes I just ask Jesus to hear our prayers. **It takes discipline to close the App when I am finished and usually I succeed (aka spirit is willing but the flesh is weak), which brings me to my next suggestion.
Prepare for Confession with one of the many Apps now available! Last Lent I wrote about a few of my choices over on Catholicmom.com - click here to read more.
Listen to Music. Doesn't matter how you get the music - spotify, pandora, downloaded (legally of course), or click on your favorite Catholic music podcast (mine is The Catholic Playlist - the contemporary or worship versions are both awsome!) This now multi-sensory experience will not only fill the silence if that is your struggle, but also with the right selections bring your worship to a whole new level!
Have your own suggestions? Want to share your playlist? Please leave a comment below!! and... Follow me on Facebook to receive updates when I am going to Adoration so I can pray for you too!!