Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Holy Eucharist

A dear friend of mine has been struggling with the Fr. Corapi scandal and wasn't able "to let go" until she went to Eucharistic Adoration.  There she found the peace and calmness and left her feelings of confusion with Christ.  Her experience reminded me of the words I'd recently read by Pope John Paul II:

"The Eucharist is the source of the Christian life because whoever shares in it receives the motivation and strength to live as a true Christian.  Christ's sacrifice on the cross imparts to the believer the dynamism of his generous love.  The Eucharistic banquet nourishes the faithful with the Body and Blood of the divine Lamb sacrificed for us and it gives them the strength to follow in His footsteps."

"The Eucharist is a priceless treasure:  by not only celebrating it but also by praying before it outside of Mass we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace.  A Christian community desirous of comtemplating the face of Christ...cannot fail to develop this aspect of Eucharistic worship, which prolongs and increases the fruits of our communion in the body and blood of the Lord."

Pope Benedict XVI wrote, "Above all, this love of the Eucharist is the most concrete way that families can be united to the Blessed Trinity."

My personal experience in Eucharistic Adoration is leaving with a profound peace and a sense of ease.  When I go to my church to pray before the Eucharist, I arrive to join in the rosary prayer.  I have learned more about the gospel readings by praying the rosary at church.   It's a wonderful way to meditate on scripture and then apply it to my daily life.

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God Bless,


  1. Thank you for this post Noreen.

    God bless.

  2. Amen to all of that!!

    I yearn to go to Adoration, all my worries disappear when in front of our Lord.

  3. Great post. I always feel so much peace and thankfulness when I truly take the time to concentrate on the Eucharist and it's meaning.

  4. Lovely words from the Holy Fathers, Noreen:) There are times when I just want to camp out and never leave my Holy hours! Why the church isn't packed, I'll never understand while I'm here on earth....
    God bless your week!

  5. Noreen, it's such a pity that our churches are locked between Mass times (at least most of them are here). It would be lovely just to wander in and spend time with Our Lord when we were passing by. We only have one Holy Hour each week. I've heard of some parishes having perpetual adoration. How many graces they must receive!

  6. I just went to Eucharistic Training yesterday at my church. It was very interesting to learn what EM do. I'm excited to start this ministry and to grow closer to Him through it.
    I hope to attend eucharistic adoration more-what a beautiful time to worship and praise Him.

  7. I'm in agreement with all of you ladies! There is a sense of peace and calmness while in prayer in front of the Holy Eucharist and then after I leave. Our church is quite empty during the 2 hour time frame.

    I have been to other churches who do the perpetual adoration but I've heard the challenge is having people commit to come throughout the 24 hours. One place had a sign asking the parishioner not to leave unless someone else was present. They didn't want to leave the Holy Eucharist unattended.