Testimonials

We welcome testimonials of the benefits of weekly Eucharistic adoration:

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Canadian Bishop 2018 to Eucharistic Adoration Canada:
  • May God continue to bless you and your Eucharistic work for our Lord!
Another Canadian Bishop 2019 to Eucharistic Adoration Canada:
  • Yes – [you can assist parishes to start adoration in our diocese…]  Please pray for me.

Diocese of Hamilton ON 2019 to Eucharistic Adoration Canada:

  • Pastors are well aware of the existence of your centre and the assistance you are able to provide if they wish to contact you…. please feel free to respond as you are able to their request.

Pastor, Canada 2019:

  • I would love to have you here for a Sign-Up weekend…  I keep praying that people will be open to this grace… We would never know if we do not ask [parishioners] right?.. We can do the weekend of [X, one of the available weekends offered to the pastor] if not already taken. Seems like you are getting very positive responses. I thank the Lord for that…  I tried to respond right away to make sure… I am so grateful!

Pastor, Archdiocese of Ottawa, ON, 2019 to Eucharistic Adoration Canada:

  • You have a great website… I encourage you to contact priests.

Pastor, Diocese of Pembroke, ON, 2019 to Eucharistic Adoration Canada:

  • Keep up the good work. It’s well needed.

Pastor, Archdiocese of Toronto, Canada, 2018 to Eucharistic Adoration Canada:

  • God bless you in this holy endeavour.

Pastor, Archdiocese of Ottawa ON, 2019 to Eucharistic Adoration Canada:

  • I was delighted to receive your call… I would like to be part of this.

Pastor, Ottawa, ON, 2019 to Eucharistic Adoration Canada:

  • Thank you so much!

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Head Coordinator at an adoration chapel in Canada that has been going round the clock (except for Mass times) since 2000:

  • The Blessed Mother has provided an adorer for every hour!

Head Coordinator at a Canadian parish, 2019:

  • I am finding new adorers at parishes. I would like to share with you that I have never missed a daily or weekend Mass…. I also adore Jesus everyday. This is a good opportunity and makes it easy to find adorers…. I  am very happy for God’s help and it is my big pleasure to do this work for Jesus and spend time with Him. That gives me me happiness.

A Head Coordinator in parish with perpetual adoration in Kingston Archdiocese, 2019:

  • Blessings of Eucharistic Adoration:  “I feel blessed to have been a part of this spiritual experience. All the people who have participated are blessed as well.  People write in a book their thanks for prayers answered for health, finding jobs and housing.  There have been all kinds of ordinary everyday little miracles.  I kept track of the weekly attendance (and not all visitors sign-in). The total people that signed our book as of April 21, 2019 is 347,262.  The actual number could be double.  It’s been wonderful. Unbelievable. It will be exactly 20 years in June. I don’t think all of this prayer would have been done without the chapel. They concentrate on the Blessed Sacrament. Our pastor did something unique this year on his birthday. All he wanted was for people to spend an hour before the Blessed Sacrament. You wouldn’t have believed all the extra hours logged in the chapel by visitors.  I thought that was a wonderful thing to do.   People drive from other parishes and cities to visit. They get off the 401 and stop to visit the adoration chapel…   Our pastor has been here for 20 years and our parish has changed since he initiated the adoration chapel.  The parish is now so vibrant and outgoing will all kinds of activities and programs (fellowship, Bible study, ethnic festival in his backyard, prayer groups etc.) that have taken place since the adoration chapel was started. I really think it is all the graces from adoration.  The parish is the difference between night and day over 20 years span since we began perpetual adoration.   It is amazing what has gone on.  It has built a great bonding amongst the parishioners.  The Blessed Sacrament has been instrumental in helping others who have moved into the area to adjust to their new surroundings and situations.  They are loved and appreciated. There are many ethnic groups in our parish who are frequent adorers and are so devoted to the Blessed Sacrament.  We are all united in our Love for and around our Eucharistic Lord.  I thank Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Canada ever so much for their information and help for our adoration program.”

Parish Adoration Chapel Head Coordinator Canada 2019:

“Whenever anyone has come to do missions or visit our parish they say there is something different and vibrant about this parish and I believe it is because we have perpetual adoration. A tangible grace, peace and joy flow from the adoration chapel. People feel the Presence of the Holy Spirit and Jesus. There is a difference in your day and your life.  God provides and gives the strength to help you through things.

“I would encourage other parishes to do the same.  We started this in a little country parish. Other parishes joined in. We did not have a problem filling hours in the summer etc. God has always provided adorers. People tried it and wanted to become part of it – every year, more adorers signed-up.  When you start it you don’t want to decrease and eliminate hours.  The gifts we are receiving are very special.  God has blessed me big time.”

 

Pastor, Archdiocese of Ottawa ON 2019 to Eucharistic Adoration Canada:

  • Please keep our parish in your prayers, and know that I pray for you and your excellent work in promoting Eucharistic Adoration throughout Canada!

Adorer Kingston area 2019:

  • “Just so peaceful. I took at lady into the new age to the adoration chapel. She ended up returning to the Faith.  This helped her to come Home.  We need to be fearless.”

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MORE ADORATION TESTIMONIES OF PRIESTS

 

Perpetual Eucharist Adoration Blesses Parishes:

 

  • “At first, everybody from parishioners to priest friends said it would never work, but I didn’t listen. I kept pushing the idea and eventually things began to snowball. I can’t tell you how excited everyone is over this… The amount of cooperation we’ve had among the parishioners has been phenomenal. They came out after work and on weekends to help renovate the chapel and the school kids made posters to advertise Perpetual Adoration in the local stores,” Fr. Dominick, Pastor, Our Lady of Grace Parish

 

  • “Many come to our little Chapel throughout the day and into the middle of the night.It is rewarding to see this participation in an act of Faith of God’s presence in the Holy Eucharist. The peace of mind expressed by our visitors to the Chapel is inspiring.”  Fr. John

 

  • “I think the greatest boast of any pastor would be that his [parish] is a ‘Eucharist’ parish… I believe that St. Anthony’s is fast becoming a Eucharistic people… One cannot spend an hour with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and not be affected by it.” Fr. Robert 

 

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Attracts Parishioners:

 

  • “I was pastor of St. Boniface… As pastor, I had a problem to solve: How do I feed all these hungry sheep? For months I searched and prayed. A series of providential events led to a solution: perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. In the past, I had tried periods of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the parish, but with limited success. I really didn’t think it would work for any extended period. I was wrong. Now, after 10 years of experience,I realize that my doubts were unfounded…  For the past 10 yearsI have witnessed a community that responds.” Fr. Michael

 

  • “It has brought our people together… We feel that many blessings have come from Perpetual Adoration. We remain a very strong and viable parish in difficult times.The faith of our people is strong, you can feel it here.” Fr. Mide

 

  • “We’re getting a lot of blessings from it, every Church should do it.” Fr. Hervey

 

  • “The spirituality of the Holy Eucharist is the spirituality of the Church. I personally feel that Perpetual Adoration is necessary in order to develop a true and deep Eucharistic spiritually among the people.” Fr. Charles

 

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Changes the World:

 

  • “I think that if enough young priests like myself would stand up, speak out and be heard, there would be a more zealous Church for the cause of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament… Now is the time for all of us to return and say we know Him. We know Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Our life is dedicated to His Eucharistic Reign.” Fr. Thomas

 

  • “The Lord is asking us to have Perpetual Adoration so that His Kingdom may come. The power of continual prayer before the Blessed Sacrament will bring about Christ’s Kingdom on Earth.” Fr. Pierre

 

  • “Perpetual Adoration is greatly pleasing to God because it brings people to Him…Perpetual Adoration gives graces for the whole world to come back to Jesus.” Fr. Clarence

 

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Blesses Priests:

 

  • “I now know, that Jesus in my best friend.” Fr. Don, pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish

 

  • “I believe in the power of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament because it has changed my life… this is why I have made Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament available to all of the people in my parish through perpetual Adoration. I want everyone to experience what I have experienced – the power and love of Jesus in His Most Blessed Sacrament.” Pastor, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

 

  • “The importance of perpetual adoration begins with myself as a means of personal sanctification. Then I see it is important for the sake of our country and peace in the world.”  Fr. Emmanuel

 

  • “When God finds a pastor who puts no limits to the glory given to His Son in the Blessed Sacrament, He puts no limits to the outpouring of graces on the parish!”
A Head Coordinator in a parish in Canada in 2018:
  • We have a Eucharistic Adoration Chapel that was opened in 1996. Over the past several years we have seen a decline in adorers due to age, ill health etc. In recent months, we put a team together to spread Eucharistic Adoration with the blessing of our pastor. We used Eucharistic Adoration Canada‘s materials for a booster sign up weekend, which went very well!  … [Eucharistic Adoration Canada connected this parish with a Eucharistic speaker.]

Adorers and Coordinators:

  • I absolutely love my hour! I’ve had the same hour for 13 years, with the same prayer partners, and I just love it! We’ve grown very close to each other over the years.  W.D.

The silence soothes my spirit. I feel a peace at Adoration that is nowhere else. He speaks right to my heart. – J.J.

  • When faced with a big decision or disagreement, my husband and I take the issue to Jesus, face to face in Adoration, and ask Him what to do. He has always given us the grace to accept His Will and remain close to each other, even with very difficult issues. – Catherine

I take a notebook with me and write down all my troubles. Week after week, I see how He takes care of my problems. – Joyce

  • What I really prefer is adoration in the evening, even when I get distracted and think of other things, or even fall asleep praying. In the evening then, between seven and eight o’clock, I stay in front of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour in adoration.

Adoration is my favorite hour of the week. I can rest in Him and receive His love before returning to my family and their needs. – Karen

  • When we look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves us NOW. – Mother Teresa

My hour at Adoration has brought me a peace that I never knew and a closer relationship with Christ. I feel so comforted spending time with Jesus. – Gale

  • The greatest thing in the world that you can do is to encourage others AND yourself to participate in Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It is the real presence of Jesus on the earth. The blessings that come upon you & your family will be phenomenal. – Mother Angelica

Thank you for easing the pain of the loss of my sister.

  • I now have a better relationship with my family.

I now understand what a huge thing it was that Jesus gave up his life for me.

  • I have not signed up for a specific time, but come as a guest. I find Adoration at Saint Anne’s rather “addictive” and the more frequently I “pop in”, the more I’m able to better cope with stress and difficulties in my life. The time I spend in Saint Anne’s chapel is the best medicine I could possibly give myself for inner peace and calmness. Silent reflection before the Presence of Christ IS life-giving.

Adoration has given me a deeper understanding of my faith.

  • “…the most peaceful time of the week, my hour at Eucharistic Adoration.” (Mary)

“….I attend 3 Holy Hours in 3 different Churches during the week and I look forward to each with great anticipation.” (An Adorer in his 70s).

“..it took me time to get used to the commitment I gave to do a Holy Hour at Eucharistic Adoration. Now I look forward to my hour.”  (Tom, a new Adorer).

“….I heard the speaker at mass say maybe there would be some sacrifice I would have to make, like missing some TV programme. What sacrifice? I’d be much more upset now if I had to miss my hour at Eucharistic Adoration”! (Jane, a recent recruit to Adoration).

“It gives me great joy to share this with others. I have received such peace, joy, and inspiration during my time in Adoration. I can’t understand how one can live happily without it. We are so blessed to have the ultimate gift of Jesus in the Eucharist. Yet we seldom talk of a personal relationship with Him. I have developed a personal relationship with Jesus by spending time with Him in our Adoration Oratory. I pray that all who read this will want to experience the love of Jesus in Adoration”– Joe

“ …the only regret I have is that our Parish took so long to introduce Eucharistic Adoration. All the hours I could have given to Jesus, are gone.”  (Jimmy just started weekly Adoration).

“….Why is it so hard to get younger people, to come to Eucharistic Adoration.”? They have no idea what they are missing! (Paddy, a very committed Adorer)

“I would feel that there was something missing in my week if I couldn’t attend my hour of Adoration”

“The Adoration Chapel is so peaceful and I love to be there free of all the business of life for a while. There is no phone, no computer, no shopping trollies, no washing and cleaning. It is just me and the Lord having a quiet chat. It is such a quiet time to just look and listen and chat with the Lord”

“Himself and myself solve many a Parish problem during my hour of Adoration each week. I wouldn’t miss it for the world” Fr Tom

“I have been coming to weekly silent Adoration for a good while now. It just amazes me that anytime of the day, I can find Jesus here waiting for me. We are so fortunate to have such a treasure in our Parish. Long may it last!”

“Since I have started going to Adoration weekly I have learned new ways to pray. I love to read a few passages from scripture and meditate on them. If you are not sure what prayers to say or what to do don’t worry as there are plenty of prayer books, bibles and interesting spiritual reading books provided in the Adoration Chapel. However you will soon find your own way to be with the Lord as I did and you will love the experience”

“Adoration has enhanced every aspect of my hectic life. I am now a much calmer and joyful person. My relationship with Jesus has grown weekly and in ways unimaginable. It is amazing that the more I pray, the more I need Him. The more I need Him, the more happy, humble, obedient and contented I become. He is much more alive in every part of my life each day.” Religious Sister

“It continues to amaze me that I stayed away from Church and my faith as long as I did. But I am even more amazed and overjoyed at how great it feels to be back. Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament has been such a comfort to me. I feel that he takes me in His arms and looks after me each and every day. I just love to pour out all my joys and sorrows and problems to Him and I feel He listens and takes care of everything for me. It gives me a great serenity and peace when facing the daily chaos of life and living” Young woman, who has recently come back to the Church and has started weekly Adoration

“I have for many years resisted the call or invitation to be involved in Eucharistic Adoration. I didn’t see any great advantage in it and anyway I felt I was too busy. Adoration has been going on in this Parish for 10 years or more. My life was taken up with work, sporting activities, and holidays. I never had a spare moment. Suddenly I faced a crisis in my life and when all else failed I dropped into our church to ask for help. Adoration was in progress with a few people present. On the way out I was approached by this man who asked me if I would commit to an hour a week for about a month and fill in for him while he was on holidays. After some persuasion on his part I agreed. This was the best decision I ever made. It was the first time in years that I experience peace in my life and I wanted more of this. When the month passed, he came to thank me and suggested I commit for an hour of my own. I agreed to give it a try. Seven years later I am still doing an hour a week. It has made such a difference in my life. I now go to mass regularly and have a much greater love of the Mass and much more interested in it. The crisis, bit by bit disappeared. I am still very busy at various things but the hour in Adoration seems to help me to have a clearer head and do things more effectively and efficiently. I now realize after all these years that the busier you are the more you need the Lord and one of the places to find Him is in the Adoration Chapel. A busy sceptic, but not anymore!”

“I have been praying during my weekly hour of Adoration, over many years, for my husband to return to Mass and the Sacraments as he has been away from them for 26 years. He didn’t even enter the church when our children were making their first Holy Communions and Confirmations. On a wet and very cold winter’s day he dropped me down to the Adoration Chapel for my holy hour and asked me to hurry out after the hour as he wanted to go to an important meeting. After the hour he came to collect me and waited outside in the car. After waiting for an extra twenty minutes, he lost patience and ran into the Adoration Chapel to hurry me out. I pretended not to see him and he sat down very impatiently for some minutes. Finally I got up and left and he came speedily after me. I was expecting a lot of anger and complaints because I stayed longer than the hour and kept him waiting. Having got into the car he turned to me, and said, calmly and quietly, ‘I am not going to that meeting I mentioned but instead I am going the priest in the Parochial house and going to ask him to hear my confession. Something came over me as I entered that Adoration Chapel, and I feel God calling me back again’. He got confession that day and became a daily mass goer and a weekly Adorer for the very first time. I put this down to the power of prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament.”

“married man in my thirties with two children.   Christmas Eve 2012 I was in town alone, feeling very lonely, sad and at times suicidal and wanted someone to talk to. I was very low and didn’t want to go home and let my family see me like this. I had an old religious card in my wallet and there was a number on it. I rang this number not having a clue whose number it was. I told Jim (not his real name) who answered the phone promptly that I was suicidal and wanted to talk. I asked him to come in and meet me. Jim kept talking to me trying to calm me down and said he couldn’t meet me but that he knew who could. He asked me where exactly I was and then went on to explain to me where I could go to talk to the person he had in mind. I didn’t listen very much to what he was saying and got a bit annoyed that he wouldn’t come in to talk to me. He emphasized that help was quite near where I was standing, in fact just 50 metres down the street. Jim said that help was in a room around the side of the Church and that I would see a light on in this room window and to just go in and sit down quietly and to tell him all you told me. Who is this him I asked. It is Jesus, the one who can do great things for you. I got a bit hyper and loud and cross, when he said this to me, thinking he was having me on.

However after arguing and listening to Jim for half an hour I set off to get this help. I went into this room and saw three other people there sitting on chairs. I did likewise and watched what others were doing. They were all looking in the one direction. (later I was to discover that it was the Blessed Sacrament in a Monstrance that they were looking at) I did the same. I started thinking what Jim had said and suddenly found myself talking silently and pouring out all my troubles and problems. About an hour or more passed and I felt a lot better and much calmer. I went outside and rang Jim again. I just said thanks, and I feel better now and I put down the phone. Finally I went home. That encounter with Jesus that night has changed my life. I won’t say all my problems are solved but I am in a much better place now. I visit this Chapel of Adoration regularly now and I get great peace and contentment there. Thank you Jim, thank you Jesus.”

“It was a wet and windy Sunday morning and I was standing inside the Church door, out of the rain, waiting for a lift to do some study in the University as exams were on the horizon. Mass was not something that interested me much, since my Confirmation. Mass was going on as I stood in from the rain. During the Mass a man was invited by the priest to speak to the congregation. He kept talking about Adoration. At one point during the talk he pointed at the Tabernacle and said very slowly ‘He is there. Jesus is there’, quoting some saint. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. My lift never arrived and I waited until Mass was over to challenge the speaker. I felt he was just saying ‘He is there’ for effect and to get the people to listen.

I went straight up to the speaker and blurted out ‘did you do that for effect, to get the people to listen when you said and pointing to the tabernacle ‘He is there’. The reply with a smile was calm and definite. I meant everything I said and Jesus is there. Come around to the Adoration Chapel and I will show you Jesus, true God and true man, in the Monstrance, the same Jesus who walked the Holy Land just over 2000 years ago, the same Jesus that performed all the amazing miracles there.

I was gobsmacked and got a bit emotional at this point. I asked him if he would be speaking at the evening Mass and saying the same thing, as my parents usually go to that mass. He said, why do you ask me that? Well I feel that my parents don’t know that Jesus is there in the Tabernacle or in the Monstrance, and that it is really Him. Why do you say that? He asked. Because my parents never told my brother or myself. If they knew I feel they would have told us. I found myself going back to that evening Mass with my parents and from then on Mass has become a must for me. I really enjoy telling others about my journey back to my faith again. I now understand why people love to go to Adoration. I now drop in when passing to the Adoration Chapel. ”

“Jack – had just retired a few months previously and was looking forward to golf, gardening and travelling. If after all his favourite activities, he had a few spare moments, he decided that he would do something small for the Church to thank God for all the graces and blessings experienced by him and his family over the years. Jack was diagnosed with cancer, some 4 months later and ended up having a major operation. When he was returned to a room after a week in intensive care, he asked the nurse to turn on the television. To his amazement the Monstrance appeared on the channel that she pressed. That channel had a link to the Oratory and Adoration was in progress. Jack took this as a definite sign as to what he should do for the Church and promised the Lord that, if he got better, he would do something to promote or make known Eucharistic Adoration. Months later, having recovered, he joined his local Adoration Parish Committee and so began his active involvement in the promotion of Eucharistic Adoration. Jack never had a relapse and is a devoted adorer and promoter of Adoration to this day.

“In recent times I had a feeling I wanted to do more than go to Mass each week. I felt in recent times, as if the Lord was calling me to do a little more. Then one Sunday a few months ago, a speaker from the Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration was speaking at all the Masses in our Parish. During his talk he invited people to think in terms of a weekly commitment to Eucharistic Adoration. Weekly Adoration for at least two days a week was about to begin in our Parish. There was emphasis on the need for commitment of an hour a week and that the spiritual benefits to individuals, families and the parish were enormous. A card was given to us as we entered the Church and the speaker invited us to fill out that card. I did so quite reluctantly as I was afraid of not been able to keep the weekly commitment. But since I have started weekly Adoration I look forward so much to my hour with the Lord. It is now, even after a short time, a real priority in my life. I continue to pray that other members of my family will follow. I keep telling them how much it means to me and that you have to experience it to appreciate it.   Angela”

“One of our 3 parish churches was burned to the ground in a devastating sectarian attack almost 14 years ago in June 2001. A beautiful new church was built on the site and reopened just over 2 years later in October 2003. The Parish immediately established daily Eucharistic Adoration from 9.00am to 6.00pm. Parishioners quickly committed to specific weekly Holy Hours. In the past 10 years our parish has flourished. We now have many new initiatives, such as Adult Faith Catechesis programs, a lively youth group, flourishing cell groups, a brand new parish pastoral centre, 2 young men studying for the priesthood and, in fact, the joy of one of them being ordained in the newly rebuilt church. God’s ways are mysterious, but for me it provides great food for thought that the church in our parish, which was once the victim of a sectarian attack, has in recent years become the flagship for the spread of Eucharistic Adoration throughout our diocese; the Diocesan Adoration Apostolate, to which I belong, was formed and trained in our new parish church nearly 5 years ago. We have, so far, worked successfully in two thirds of our parishes, spreading Eucharistic Adoration throughout the diocese, and are now well on our way to completing this task.Our newly rebuilt church has a 40 foot high steel cross, which stands alone outside the church. Through effective use of lighting, this cross is dramatically reflected in the clear night sky across the entire local area, of mixed population…”

“This, for me, is another wonderful example of the triumph of the cross and of how God enacts his marvellous plans, out of an apparent disaster, and from the charred ruins of our beloved parish church.”

I’m a very private person, so if I’m telling my story about Perpetual Adoration, it has very little to do with me. It has everything to do with praying before Christ at our Perpetual Exposition Chapel. We at {X} are greatly blessed with one of the few Perpetual Exposition Chapels in the diocese, and we’ve experienced fairly dramatic conversions at our little chapel. …

My story is not so dramatic, but it is an ongoing conversion. I’ve been involved with Perpetual Adoration from the beginning, and we will be celebrating our 15th anniversary on the feast of St. Jude. My commitment has been in the middle of the night, mainly. I was drawn to it for several reasons. A poll taken at that time suggested that only 30% of Catholics still believed that Jesus is really present in the Eucharist. I found that alarming! I wondered how I was going to pass on the faith that had been given to me to my young family. I’m going to date myself, but as a new member of {X} I can remember what the sisters taught from the catechism. That the very essence of creations was to know, love and serve God in this world and be happy with him forever in the next. That we were to love God above all things and our neighbors as ourselves. Those seeds planted in me as a child, stayed with me.

My original intent with Perpetual Adoration was to be an example of faith to my family. I felt a need for guidance toward God’s Will away from secular thinking and acting. I recognized that prayer before Jesus in the Eucharist would be showing God love through the action of a visit. I could also accomplish the action of love of neighbor through intercessory prayers. A couple of my Protestant friends always talked about their personal relationship with Jesus. I knew that we Catholics had the ultimate gift of Jesus in the Eucharist, yet we never talked about a personal relationship with Him. I thought how can I develop a personal relationship with God unless I visit Him on a regular basis, expand my knowledge of who He is and what He expects. My search took me deeper into the teachings of the Church.

With each visit, I began to see my failings more clearly and forgive others more generously. I began to appreciate the sacrament of reconciliation as a gift of mercy. I could feel myself falling in love with the poor, the oppressed, the exploited and the marginalized. I also began to feel in my heart what I knew in my heart. I found the Holy Father to be a true leader with a strong backbone. In some of the Holy Father’s writings, he says Christ is Love and Truth, and if you love Him, you will reside in His truth. It made me realize my responsibility to seek and profess the truth of the Catholic Church and that if I didn’t stand for something, I would fall for anything.

My other hero became Mother Theresa. When Mother Theresa was asked what would save the world, she responded: prayer. She also said that prayer leads to faith, faith leads to love, and love leads to action. We know the Mass is the greatest form of prayer and Perpetual Exposition is an extension of the Mass. The Missionaries of Charity, which is the order founded by Mother Theresa, have in their constitution daily Perpetual Adoration. Their order is thriving and the work they do is known worldwide.

Praying before Christ in the Eucharist does not provide immunization against suffering. In the last few years, I have had innumerable crosses, that is, I’ve had the opportunity to die to myself, and my two main support were taken from me through death: my mother, who was my most trusted spiritual guide, and my spouse, my strongest emotional support, not to mention my future. Prayer before the Eucharistic Lord has provided me with an inkling of the divine insight that sees suffering not as an evil, but as an antidote which unites us, our loved ones, and the entire church to our savior on the cross. We are all called to be examples of faith in whatever walk of life we are in. Now that I’m a grandmother, I find it even more crucial to live it out.

A few years ago the Society of Perpetual Adoration initiated a campaign to have at least two people in adoration at all times, which are guidelines for Perpetual Exposition. We need two people in adoration at all times or could have to close some of the hours that are left open. It would be a shame to lose part of this gift because of our lack of responsiveness. Fr. Bill says that the best way to get people involved in the parish is to do a personal invitation. I am taking this opportunity to invite every single one of you to prayer before God in the Eucharist for one hour a week. Even if you can only start as a substitute, you are needed.

Especially when I need to connect in prayer to God, when I can’t seem to reach Him in any other way, He finds me in the Adoration Chapel. I just need to wait for Him there.

Spending time in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel has really been a plus for my husband and me. We have the time slot during the middle of the night. This time has worked out for us because when we come to the chapel, our every day activities have stopped and we are free to spend time with Jesus uninterrupted.

During that time, I talk over with Jesus the problems and joys of the day. That quiet time spent in His presence helps me to sort out what is important and helps me focus my energy towards those things.

I have been coming to the chapel since it opened. I marvel that in a time when churches are locked even during the day we can go any time of the day and find Jesus there waiting. We are fortunate to have such a treasure in our parish.

From the very first introduction of Perpetual Exposition, I was drawn to it. Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament was one of the devotions of my childhood that had seemingly become outdated. I had been looking for something to re-ignite people’s love and understanding of the Eucharist and I was certain that prayer before Christ Himself would accomplish that. This very humble peaceful chapel has given many of us the awesome responsibility of having someone in prayer before God the Son at all times. It has been good and challenging at the same time. It has forced the coordinators to be patient, persevering, in not only gaining the commitments, but in getting people to keep them. We’ve also had to practice the same tolerance Christ has for all of us with our lack of faithfulness.

 

  • “When God finds a pastor who puts no limits to the glory given to His Son in the Blessed Sacrament, He puts no limits to the outpouring of graces on the parish!”

 

To submit a witness of your love for Eucharistic Adoration: