Contemplation is a gaze of faith, fixed on Jesus. “I look at him and he looks at me”: This is what a certain peasant of Ars in the time of his holy curé used to say while praying before the tabernacle. This focus on Jesus is a renunciation of self. His gaze purifies our heart; the light of the countenance of Jesus illumines the eyes of our heart and teaches us to see everything in the light of his truth and his compassion for all men. Contemplation also turns its gaze on the mysteries of the life of Christ. Thus it learns the “interior knowledge of our Lord,” the more to love him and follow him. (St. Ignatius of Loyola; CCC 2715)This is what happens in Adoration. The heart is purified and enlightened. The soul is nourished, quieted, and better equipped for life’s challenges. It receives the love of God and then is better able to return it back to Him. If you’ve never had a scheduled Adoration hour, I encourage you to sign up for one. It will change your life. It’s not possible to sit before the exposed Blessed Sacrament and not be affected. The healing grace of God Himself surrounds you. He is there before you, loving you, doing His work, making you into who He created you to be. As His life and grace permeates the room, you receive that peace that surpasses all understanding. And, as incredible as it seems, God Himself is delighting in your company. Blessed be God in all creation. Blessed be God in the Real Presence of the Eucharist. He said that He would be with us always. And He is. If you need comfort, if you need peace, if you need help, just go to Him. He is waiting. Always. Would you like to spend some time with the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus? Go to Him.
Copyright 2020 Rosemary Bogdan
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Rosemary Bogdan is a wife, mother of six adult children, and a grandmother. She homeschooled her children when they were young and currently substitute teaches at her favorite Catholic school. When not spending time with her family, Rosemary writes at A Catholic Mother's Thoughts and Catholic365.com.