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Apologetics 101: Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration, where we pray in the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, is an important practice that can change your life.

· In Eucharistic Adoration we worship and spend time with Our Lord who we receive at Mass

o Spending time in Adoration, before the exposed host, shows our belief in the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament

o The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “Because Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, he is to be honored with the worship of adoration. To visit the Blessed Sacrament is . . . a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord” (1418)

· Although we can say prayers like the rosary, we should try to just “be” with Jesus in Adoration

o The Apostles were first called to be with Jesus, before going out and doing anything – “He appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him” (Mark 3:1)

o Everything else we do as Catholics should flow out of our life of prayer – out of our “being with” Jesus

· Ask yourself: what is keeping me from going to Adoration?

Book Recommendation: In Sinu Jesu

This book is a record of the messages a monk received from God, primarily about the importance of Eucharistic Adoration.

"In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host...It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering." (Pope Benedict XVI)

“The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease.” (John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae, 3)

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