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Our Lord Deserves It!

Adoration is not for a handful or a selected few. It is for everyone. It is what our loving Lord asks for, and more importantly, what He deserves.

Blessed John Paul II went so far as to urge EVERY parish in the world to have Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.

Let me put one hour of Adoration each week into proper perspective for you by borrowing and adapting a few interesting statistics offered by Father Oscar Lukefahr, CM: If you live to be eighty, you would have spent about three years reading, five years talking, six years riding in a car, seven years eating, eleven years in recreational activities and twenty-seven years sleeping.  If you offered an hour of Adoration each week, you would have given our Lord less than six months of your time. Add attendance at Sunday Mass for an hour every week and praying for five minutes every day to your weekly  hour of Adoration, we are still talking of offering Him less than one year of your life. “How can we refuse so little to a loving God,” asks Father Lukefahr, “who has given us so much? (We Worship – A Guide to the Catholic Mass p. 17).

May I ask the same question?

Sadly, there are some Catholics, not few in number, who have neither seen a monstrance nor attended Benediction and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. How can that be? 

According to Father Martin Lucia, more Catholics would likely come to adore the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, if they knew that: every moment they spend in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament would deepen their union with Christ; transform them into the very image and likeness of God Himself; make up for those who do not know Him or who do not love Him; and bring about the radical transformation of the whole world. If Catholics also knew that when they go before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament they stand in the place of the one person in the world who does not know God or who is the furthest away from God, or the most in need of His mercy, that they bring upon that soul – they win for that soul – the grace of salvation to turn back to God, to go to heaven instead of hell, and that they gain for that person the grace of salvation – our Lord would never be left alone.

Belief in the Real Presence is an act of faith and a gift from our Lord. That being said, if a pastor does all that he can to teach the truths set forth above, to restore and maintain a sense of the sacred within the confines of his Church building, if he properly and regularly catechizes his flock, if his every action evidences his deep seeded belief, sense of awe, amazement in and dependence on the Blessed Sacrament, and if he participates in, promotes and treasures Adoration himself, his parishioners will come to do likewise. 

“If you build it, they will come” was a punch line in a movie a few years back.

Jesus invites his imperfect creatures to come into His Presence so He can make them more like Himself. Most able bodied persons can find one hour each week to be with their Lord and Savior (even if it is in 10 or 15 minute segments). Many simply choose not to do so. Others find only locked churches.

So I ask any of our treasured shepherds who remain reluctant to promote Perpetual Adoration or even weekly Adoration in their parishes to step out in faith and let our Eucharistic Lord transform them, their parishes and their parishioners.


Mike Seagriff is a Lay Dominican, husband, father, grandfather, attorney and former Administrative Law Judge. Mike is the author of Forgotten Truths To Set Faith Afire! – Words to Challenge, Inspire and Instruct. Visit his blog at Harvesting the Fruits of Contemplation.
  • http://knowledgehungry.wordpress.com Jeanne G.

    “Adoration is not for a handful or a selected few. It is for everyone.”
    I wish someone would tell that to the people in charge of Perpetual Adoration at my parish. The door is locked with a code, for security reasons, which I understand. However, they require you to be signed up for a regular hour before they will give you the code. The problem is, if 2 people are already signed up for any hour, they won’t sign up anyone else. None of the hours available work with my schedule (work, choir practice, etc.) so I couldn’t sign up for an hour. I even put my name on the substitute list, and they told me that the code can only be given to regular adorers. I need that time with our Lord, and I know he wants it. Eventually, the lady who I asked for the code relented because I am on the sub list and gave the code to me. I understand protecting adorers and protecting the Blessed Sacrament, but this is ridiculous!

  • noelfitz

    This article is a challenge. There is a convent near where I live that has adoration daily. I wish I would spend more time there, but why don’t I?

    I read in the article “If Catholics also knew that when they go before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament they stand in the place of the one person in the world who does not know God or who is the furthest away from God”.

    I really do not know what this means, and what is the basis for this claim.

  • http://harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.com/ Michael Seagriff

    Please excuse my delay in responding to your query.

    A number of Priests, Saints, Blessed and Popes (including Father Vincent Martin Lucia, Blessed Dina Belanger, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Faustina and Blessed John Paul II) have taught that individual souls who otherwise would have gone to hell will instead go to heaven because of our making a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament.

    St. Mark’s Church in Huntersville, NC has asembled a listing of more than 100 benefits of Eucharistic Adoration. You can find that list at: http://www.stmarknc.org/adoration/benefits_of_holy_hour.pdf

    The entries at numbers 3, 8, 23, 47, 48, 71, 81 and 88 lend support to what I have written.

    I hope you find this to be a satisfactory response.

  • noelfitz

    Michael,
    many thanks for taking the time to reply to me.

    I was very encouraged by your article and since reading it have been making a greater effort to visit our local convent where there is adoration throughout the day.

    but I am still confused about the doctrine that our sins are forgiven by the activities of others. I would have thought that an individual must have repentance. Sins are forgiven by God in confession. We need God’s grace to be forgiven, but it seems strange if the adoration of someone else can forgive my sins.

    The Communion of Saints does not mean, I would hold, that one person’s prayers can forgive the sins of another, without confession, repentance or a purpose of forsaking sin. We have free will and sin is not automatically forgiven without our involvement.

    • http://harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.com/ Michael Seagriff

      Only God can forgive sins. I am not suggesting otherwise. Our prayers at Adoration can not and are not the vehicle through which our sins or the sins of anyone else are forgiven.

      However, God can use the prayers of individuals who honor Him at Adoration (we are told by those I cited) to open the hardened hearts of unrepentant sinners close to death so that such persons will choose to
      respond to God’s ever present grace and promptings and turn to Him themselves
      and ask for His mercy and forgiveness.

  • noelfitz

    Michael,

    many thanks for your excellent clarification of the points that were concerning me.

    However it is vital to hold that one’s free will and choices are not violated, perhaps unfortunately. The choice is with one to accept God’s grace or not.

  • http://harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.com/ Michael Seagriff

    Not to beat a dead horse, but I was never satisfied with the inadequate manner in which I responded to your concerns about not impinging on another’s free will.

    May you find the following insight from the Prayer Companion to “Consoling the Heart of Jesus” a recently issued book of Father Michael E. Gaitley, MIC,a much more satisfactory response:

    “There’s a mysterious respect the Lord has for human free will. He will not (and cannot) force us to choose him and love him. Yet, when we use our free will on behalf of others, we somehow can influence the free will of those other people. How this happens,we don’t know. Still, because of this influence we can have on one another, Jesus and Mary constantly plead with us to pray and to offer up our suffferings, especialy for unrepentant sinners. Think, for instance, of Our Lady of Fatima who was so sad because, as she said to the shepherd children, many souls go to hell because no one prays and offers up suffering for them. Or think of Our Lord’s sobering words to St. Faustina, ‘Be assured that the grace of eternal salvation for certain souls in their final moment depends on your prayer (Diary of St. Fasutina, 1777).'”

  • noelfitz

    Michael,
    many thanks for your post.
    I appreciate it and CL, which gives us a forum to discuss difficult topics in a serious and Catholic way.

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