Getting Back to Adoration

There was a time, about six years ago, when my life seemed to be running quite smoothly.  My three sons were past the time-consuming toddler years and had yet to fully enter the emotionally-demanding teenage years.  I had obtained a teaching position that provided enough of an income to ease the financial burden of my husband's downsized career and yet didn't overtax my physical and emotional well-being.  All in all, things were quite good.  During that time, I became a regular at the Eucharistic Adoration at our church.  Once a month I easily found the time to spend an hour or two in the presence of our Lord.  I looked forward to the precious time and embraced the opportunity to pray for my brothers- and sisters-in-Christ and for the Holy Souls of Purgatory. 

Unfortunately, though, that time began to evaporate as I got into the years of raising my teenage boys and an increasingly demanding teaching position as fewer and fewer people were required to do more and more.  When I missed the first Eucharistic Adoration, in what had become quite a lengthy run, I felt guilty.  I vowed to make it up the next month and did.  Soon, however, the guilt of missing and making up Eucharistic Adorations became a burden and I abandoned the commitment altogether.  I began to forget the peace I acquired after just a few moments in His Presence.  I began to see that valuable time as something that could be spent at the grocery store or catching up on laundry.  All too easily, my mind tricked my heart into believing that the sacred time spent with Him was better spent elsewhere.  Absurd, I know.

 Then, the other week, I began going through the books on my bookshelves.  Like so many people, I've accumulated hundreds of titles over the years, all read and all loved; from fiction to non-fiction, from popular authors to unknowns.  One book jumped out at me: Praying in the Presence of Our Lord for the Holy Souls by Susan Tassone.  It had been my beloved companion during my days of Eucharistic Adoration.  Pulling it off the shelf, I was flooded with memories of peace and love that I found in the tranquility of time with Him.  I immediately felt the love I had for others when I prayed in His presence.  Those times hadn't been better spent doing laundry or vacuuming.  I had allowed myself to be tricked into believing I could better serve Him in my household chores.  I had missed precious time because, like Peter, I took my eyes off of Him for a moment and lost my footing.  A few years have gone by and I cannot recapture them.  But I know that He has stayed by my side as I tended to my family and took care of my home.  Now, with my oldest in college and my career as a teacher coming to an end, I see that He is inviting me back.  He missed me as much as I missed Him.

Cheryl Dickow

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Cheryl Dickow is a Catholic wife, mother, author and speaker. Cheryl’s newest book is Wrapped Up: God’s Ten Gifts for Womenwhich is co-authored with Teresa Tomeo and is published by Servant (a division of Franciscan Media); there is also a companion journal that accompanies the book and an audio version intended for women’s studies or for individual reflection. Cheryl’s titles also include the woman’s inspirational fiction book Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage. Elizabeth is available in paperback or Kindle format. Her company is Bezalel Books where her goal is to publish great Catholic books for families and classrooms that entertain while uplifting the Catholic faith and is located at www.BezalelBooks.com. To invite Cheryl to speak at your event, write her at Cheryl@BezalelBooks.com.

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  • Guest

    Ave Maria!

    I fell in love with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament about 12 years ago.  That is still the case.  IT is well worth the effort to spend time in His glorious Presence. And it is a great gift.

     

    Come, let us adore Him!

  • Guest

    I have to disagree: He didn't "miss" you–He was with you all the time.  You just weren't "with" Him.

    St. Therese writes of the grace and glory of "picking up a pin for love of Him".  It is possible to find holiness (not to mention, peace and love) in our daily routine (after all, He gave us the blessings of our work). 

    I had never heard of Adoration until about 10 years ago, when I came to a parish that has Perpetual Adoration.  Initially, I fell head over heels in love to the point where some of the "old soldiers" teased me about putting in a change-of-address card at the post office.  Eventually, life intervened and, along with health problems, kept me from going as often or staying as long.  But, I learned something: going to Adoration is something I do for me (and yes, I do need it), but He is with me constantly…….if I allow myself to be with Him constantly.

    Enjoy.

  • Guest

    I read the comments before the article.

    I also was raised Catholic but without any "exposure" to Eucharistic Adoration.  I don't think I ever even heard of it.  I had low expectations when I first encountered it at a men's conference.  But then I was floored — He is so real; so there!

    I am vested in an hour each week and have been since 2002. 

    I know everyone's busy and all.  We have nine children and I am a full time teacher, Grand Knight of a local KofC, and lead a couple of Bible studies as well as sponsoring international students. And I am not an efficiency expert by anyone's measure.

    So – I don't mean to seem judgmental — but I don't understand how Cheryl could not make one hour per month?

    Anyway, EA is a great devotion and I think perpetual Adoration is dynamite in parishes to get vocations, get people to return to the sacraments, and increase in holiness across the parish.

    You can't get overexposed, so come and get a Son tan!

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