A Refuge in the World
October 13, 2015
Filed In: Faith
I don't spend nearly enough time in Adoration. When I was in middle school, my mom and I were members of our local Nocturnal Adoration
society. During my two years at Franciscan University, there was perpetual Adoration during most of the academic year, but I didn't often take advantage of it. Before we had Benedict, Alison and I did have a regular adoration shift on Friday nights, but since moving to Virginia, I've only been to our Parish's perpetual Adoration a handful of times. For such an amazing experience, I really ought to go more often.
Think about what Adoration is. One-on-one time with God, the creator of the Universe. He's physically present. You just can't spend time in Adoration and not be changed in some way.
Perhaps my favorite part of the whole Adoration experience is the peace and quiet that accompanies it. Nearly every moment of my day is filled with bings, beeps, lights, and distractions. When I'm in Adoration I don't have to worry. I don't have to think about my to do list, what I'm having for dinner, when I'm going to go grocery shopping, or how much work I have to do. I'm free to just be there. Present. Still. Calm.
There are many ways to live out our faith and to experience the daily life of the Church, but I'd say that Adoration, outside of the Sacraments themselves, is the most worthwhile. I've never had a "bad" experience of Adoration. I've only found myself awash in an ocean of calm.
Find an opportunity to go to Adoration near you, speak, listen, and be still. It'll be worth every second.