“How sweet, the presence of Jesus to the longing and harassed soul! He is instant peace and balm to every wound.” – St Elizabeth Ann Seton

One of the most beautiful things happening in this extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, is the resurgence in devotion to Our Lord in the form of Eucharistic Adoration.

Once an event which took place regularly in every Church, for some reason we seem to have forgotten the joy of this wonderful moment of adoring the Lord in His sacramental Presence.

I have been to a number of events dedicated to Eucharistic Adoration and I have always found them to be moments of special grace and blessing. And so it is encouraging to see that ordinary parishes seem to be rediscovering this wonderful and ancient practice.

Life can be very fast these days, and so having the opportunity to sit or kneel in the Presence of the Lord, there to present before Him all the trials, joys and moments of our lives, is surely a tremendous blessing – and one we should never take for granted. Moments such as these allow quietness, stillness, peace and contemplation. And for those souls spending time with Him, the Lord will never be outdone in generosity.

“Whenever I go to the chapel, I put myself in the presence of our good Lord, and I say to Him, ‘Lord, I am here.  Tell me what You would have me to do’ . . . And then, I tell God everything that is in my heart.  I tell Him about my pains and my joys, and then I listen.  If you listen, God will also speak to you, for with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen.  God always speaks to you when you approach Him plainly and simply.” – St. Catherine Laboure

“The Eucharist bathes the tormented soul in light and love. Then the soul appreciates these words, ‘Come all you who are sick, I will restore your health’.” – St. Bernadette Soubirous