Eucharistic Adoration: rest for a busy life

Posted at Catholic Insight

Eucharistic Adoration - Assumption Farm“Don’t omit your visits to the Blessed Sacrament. After saying your usual prayer tell Jesus, really present in the tabernacle, about the cares and worries of your day. And He will give you light and courage for your life as a Christian.” (St. Josemaria Escriva)

For most people, when we’re asked how we are or what’s new in our life, the answer often is: “I’m so busy.” Busyness is a poverty of our time. We’re occupied with the kids, our job, our family and friends, our education, our life. The first few weeks in the new year add to our activity as we try to keep up with all those well-intentioned resolutions made in the final hours of the previous year. Those of us who live in the northern hemisphere have the added stress of cold temperatures and lack of sunlight. Add it all up and it’s enough to make anyone feel weary and over-burdened.

On a recent Friday, I was feeling the effects of a hectic week. Between winter driving headaches, doctors’ appointments, bills to pay, kids’ after-school activities and work responsibilities, I was done. I had had enough.

Driving home from work, I inwardly debated turning into the mall and treating myself to a little something. Didn’t I deserve to be pampered? But right across the street from the mall was a twenty-four hour Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. I turned in there instead.

In the book, Visits to the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Alphonsus Ligouri wrote that “among all devotions after that of receiving the Sacraments, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament holds first place, is the most pleasing to God and the most useful to ourselves…. You must also be aware that in a quarter of an hour’s prayer spent in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, you will perhaps gain more than in all the other spiritual exercises of the day…. Jesus dispenses His graces in greater abundance to those who visit Him in the Most Holy Sacrament.”

After half an hour ofΒ  silence before Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration, I headed home. There was still dinner to cook, kids to drive to swimming lessons, and paperwork to complete but I no longer felt drained. The tiredness and anxiety of my body and soul were replaced with calm reassurance and focus.

Regularly spending time in His presence before the tabernacle or in Eucharistic Adoration is infinitely better for the weary and over-burdened than a trip to the mall, a few rounds at the pub, or anything else for that matter. “Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Ultimately, the answer to our weariness and busy lives isn’t having efficient schedules or being able to multi-task. For the most part, the solution isn’t even to cut back on our activities. What matters is our relationship with Christ and how we allow Him to permeate and take over our life. Only that will give us peace.

Photo: Eucharistic Adoration at Assumption Farm. Courtesy of Father Allan MacDonald, Vocations Director, Companions of the Cross

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13 Responses to Eucharistic Adoration: rest for a busy life

  1. SaintlySages says:

    I think it would be good and useful if small meditation chapels were built in public places such as shopping malls. God bless!

    • If only! That blessing was left to Catholic cultures such as Italy, where little side chapels can be found along even country roads. Unfortunately, our Protestant roots deny us such little touches, and probably always will. It is too bad the French or the Spanish did not win the battle for the America’s. Things would have been a lot different. πŸ™‚

  2. Terry I’m teary eyed because this was me yesterday and a visit cured me. I’m in the middle of writing a similar post about Eucharist but the busyness won’t let me finish. I think I’ll go for another visit or maybe cut and paste yours.

  3. Ben Gonzales says:

    We just had one this evening. And it was really comforting!

  4. Awesome. In more ways than one! πŸ™‚

  5. Beautifully said, Terry, and a great reminder of another way to find Christ’s peace.

  6. Faithfulmom2 says:

    I was just considering visiting often more than I do for the whole month of February for special intentions. Another prompting from the Holy Spirit πŸ™‚

  7. Very well said Terry. And I can understand about the winter driving – in Canada it must be even more challenging than anything I have seen in the states too. God bless you!

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