Adoration leads to action
By Robin Corzilius
Our prayer for every Catholic in the diocese is to find a place within so we can live the life that God created us for. Prayer leads to action.
The Catholic Women of the Sioux City Diocese is hosting a Eucharistic Adoration Learning Retreat Oct. 3-4 in Willey. We are doing this so our teams can come to your parish and start an understanding of the benefits of participating in Eucharistic Adoration or creating a time for a holy hour in your life.
The purpose of the holy hour is to encourage a deep personal encounter with Christ. God is constantly inviting us to come to him, to converse with him, to ask for such things as we need and to experience what a blessing there is in fellowship with him.
A Holy Hour of Adoration in our modern rat race is necessary for authentic prayer. The Holy Hour becomes like an oxygen tank to revive the breath of the Holy Spirit in the midst of the foul and fetid atmosphere of the world. (Bishop Fulton Sheen).
Among Catholics there is loss, a sense of absence and even estrangement from true communion with God. We have lost the truth of the Real Presence. How can this be, when Jesus is always and truly present in the Eucharist, on the altars and in the tabernacles of the world? Jesus hasn’t abandoned us; we have abandoned him.
Even if you start with a five-minute visit to the Blessed Sacrament before work, spend that precious time “resting” in the Lord’s presence. You will soon feel the grace of God working in your life. Through an authentic encounter with Jesus, we change within.
Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, writes that Eucharistic Adoration has extraordinary power of healing. In the desert the Israelites were to look at the bronze serpent if bitten by the poisonous snakes for healing. Jesus applied this mystery to himself (John 3:14).
When we are afflicted by the venomous bites of pride, sensuality and other sin, we need to run before the Blessed Sacrament, look at the host and let the healing pass throughout the same organ through which most evil so often passes: our eyes.
After spending time researching adoration for this article, I assure you there is much written and much to understand. In the beginning your time spent in adoration may seem like lost time. We hope to bring you guidance and encouragement to start and continue making a time of silence with the Lord until you just can’t live without it.
You are welcome to join us for our Adoration Learning Retreat at St. Mary Church, Willey.
On Oct. 4, adoration concludes at 7 a.m. Father Jim Tigges will speak at 9. Sister Marie Hesed will talk at 1 p.m. The day concludes at 3. For more details or to have a team visit your parish, call me at (712) 225-2102.
Please participate in the 40 Days for Life campaign, which runs Sept. 24 to Nov. 2. Join us in prayer in front of Planned Parenthood in Sioux City. To sign up for a time slot or to become a first time volunteer contact Stormy Poss at (712) 898-5550 or the Diocese of Sioux City at (712) 233-7516 or visit 40daysforlife.com.
Robin Corzilius of Cherokee is president of Catholic Women of the Sioux City Diocese.
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