I visited the Blessed Sacrament today. It’s been a few weeks since my last visit and I’ve missed going. Since I started watching my 5-month-old nephew, Simon, during the weekdays while his parents are at work, I’m pretty much tied to my house until my brother (his father) comes to pick him up around 3:15 pm. The church where I visit the Blessed Sacrament is 20 minutes from my house. Also, at 4:00 pm the ladies in the church office leave for the day and that’s when they lock the doors to the Perpetual Adoration chapel. By the time my brother actually takes off with Simon (usually about 10 or 15 minutes after he arrives to pick him up) I really don’t have enough time left to get to the church before they lock up. I feel really bad about that but I’m in a stuck position and there’s really nothing I can do about it. (It isn’t available for visits on the weekends, only Monday – Friday.)
I actually just discovered Perpetual Adoration at some point last spring. My mom told me about it and she said that when a person is trying to make a serious decision about something they will often visit the Blessed Sacrament. Also, since I’ve been dealing with a disturbing presence in my home on and off for months now, it seemed like a good idea to get as close to Jesus as possible. I’m ashamed to say that throughout all these years of being a Catholic I never knew about this wonderful opportunity to be close to Christ and open myself up to what His will is in my life. I mean, maybe I did know about it at one point; maybe I was taught about it way back in Catholic school, but I can’t remember. It’s a wonderful opportunity to drop all the stress and frustrations of the day, hand it all over to Jesus and just sit quietly, taking in His whole presence.
There is a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the corner of the room, opposite from the tabernacle. After I light the candles and open the tabernacle door, I always pay a visit to Our Lady. Today I did something for the first time; I prayed the Holy Rosary. Usually I pray the Rosary in the privacy of my own home. But today I wanted to say it in front of the Blessed Sacrament because I felt especially sensitive and irritable today and I needed all the graces I could get!
Visiting the Blessed Sacrament Adds Time to Your Day!
I still can’t believe how accessible Jesus is! I mean, think about it! He’s right there in front of us when we decide to take the time to pay Him a visit. I think faith is the key to this mystery. Isn’t it always? If we truly believe that Jesus is present in that tabernacle, why on earth wouldn’t we want to take part in such a wonderful opportunity to sit and spend some time with Him? Do you know (and I’ve heard this from several people) that when we give Jesus a little slice of our time and sit with Him in Perpetual Adoration, He actually multiplies our time? It’s true! Every single time I visit the Blessed Sacrament I find that I seem to get so much more done that day than I otherwise would!
I always love hearing about other people’s experiences and I hope you will share yours, too, if you have one. We should pray for those people who are missing out on this wonderful gift from God. Do you know that when Our Lady finds favor with a soul the Holy Spirit flies to that soul and showers it with graces? What better way to please Mary than to visit her Son! I went into the chapel today all nervous and agitated, but I left in peace and with a new, clear resolve.
Give God a few minutes of your time and He’ll give you a lifetime of joy.
Photo by: Joe the WOP