I hope all is well. We are just one day away now from the beginning of our special Forty Hours of Adoration before the Lord. As a reminder, we will have Living Stations of the Cross by our school students tomorrow night at 7:00, followed by a light reception downstairs. Then, we will formally begin the forty hours of adoration with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the main church and a homily by Msgr. Callaghan, rectory of the Saint Paul Seminary.
Today, I wanted to write about another special opportunity for prayer after the 10:00 AM Mass this Sunday. After communion during each Mass, we will place the Eucharist back on the altar for adoration. Even if you can’t attend many of the other opportunities for prayer throughout this weekend, perhaps you could at least plan to spend a few minutes after Mass in prayer in adoration. After the 10:00 AM Mass, a few minutes of silent prayer, and the reciting of the last day of our Saint Joseph’s Novena, we will have an hour of prayer with “guided meditations”. Whether you’re someone who finds it easy to think of things to pray about in adoration or whether you’re new or wondering what to do for an hour of absolute silence, this hour might be helpful. There will be periodic readings from the saints or others that will help us to focus our prayer and lead us to a conversation with God. Of course, you could pray about whatever you want, but these readings, or “meditations”, might be helpful in giving us ideas as we speak to Jesus, heart to heart.
Again, I hope to see you throughout the weekend. Let’s pray for each other as a parish and let God’s love touch our hearts so that we can share it with all those that we meet.