Earlier this month, we had a special evening of Adoration at my Church. We wanted to share this event with those coming into full communion with the Catholic Church at our Easter Vigil. It was a splendid evening, starting with the Stations of the Cross, then the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The period of Adoration was accompanied by praiseworthy music, a meditation from St. Teresa of Calcutta and sacred silence. During the time of sacred silence, we were encouraged to approach Jesus and touch the Monstrance. I had never touched the Monstrance during a period of Adoration ever! Let me tell you, it was an overwhelming experience. I couldn’t hold the tears back! The love for Jesus, felt at that moment, cannot be put into words. It was an awesome hour of Adoration, concluding with Benediction.
Meditation During Sacred Silence
We held this event to demonstrate that we are praying with, and for, our candidates coming into the Church at the Easter Vigil. These candidates have gone through months of study, learning about the Catholic Church’s teachings, as well as the Catholic way of living. Here’s just a few daunting items that each of our candidates reflected upon, during this time of sacred silence in front of the Blessed Sacrament:
- Am I willing to place God first in my life?
- Can I demonstrate unconditional love for my neighbor?
- Have I developed a deeper relationship with Jesus over the past few months?
- Will I do my best to adhere to the Ten Commandments?
- How can I best embrace the Beatitudes and incorporate them into my daily life?
- Do I look forward to partaking in the Eucharist and the other sacraments?
It was during the sacred silence that we meditated on these things, asking God to grace our four women with all the virtues needed to live the Catholic way of living; to be good Catholics. These women have grown spiritually over the past few months of study and prayer. They are ready to take the leap of faith and answer the call of Christ. I ask that you join me in praying for them as they receive the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil. May God bless them and keep them close to His Sacred Heart.
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