As an adult convert to the Catholic faith, I began going to Eucharistic Adoration before I really knew what It was, and miraculously I experienced physical peace gazing upon Jesus. As I came to know that Jesus is truly present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist I experienced an even greater peace— peace of heart and peace of mind.
As the mom of a big family, I’ve had the same time spot at Adoration at the South church for 20 plus years. I’ve prayed the prayers of a young mother with a growing family, I’ve prayed the (sometimes desperate) prayers of a mom of teenagers. These days I pray for my adult children and their needs. Every Monday I come away with peace in my heart. Not necessarily an answer to my prayers but a peace which helps me to persevere in my daily challenges and struggles. Some days I’ve cried my heart out in front of Jesus, other days I’ve prayed with a heart so full of gratitude I could scarcely contain my joy.
Eucharistic Adoration gives us the opportunity to take a time out from our busy, busy lives to slow down and gaze upon our Lord with the eyes of our heart. Part of gazing is to believe He is present even when our hearts are overwhelmed with other things. In those moments, Jesus is willing us to “Be still and know that I am God.” (Ps 46:10).
I wish I could express adequately my love, yes love, for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the effect it has had on my life. Whether you say your own prayers or use a devotional, I invite you to make a visit to Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration. Look into the eyes of The One who sees, knows and loves you the most. If you do, I guarantee you will come away with the peace that only Jesus can give.
Written by: Heidi Stanton