Dear Friends in Christ,
Several times over the past several weeks I have invited folks in our local community to stop by the church for a little peace and quiet. Once with a bank teller and another time at a local gas station, the person across the counter was seeking a little spiritual direction. Aside from opening the door to further conversation, I also gave to them contact information for staff at church, but also the invitation to stop by sometime and pray.
As you are aware, Mary Mother’s lower Daily Mass Chapel is open 24/5, just two days short of 24/7 for prayer and Perpetual Adoration. With at least two adorers an hour, the church is able to remain open to receive people like the ones I met getting gas for my car and doing business at the bank. Perhaps you are like me and know other souls who are searching for God or desire to grow in their already strong relationship with Him. The beautiful opportunity that adoration offers is that each is able to come to the chapel as they are and grow from there.
You may have read recently in our bulletin that we need additional adorers at the following times:
- Monday-Midnight, 2 am, 3 am
- Tuesday-2 am, 6 am
- Wednesday-3 am, 4 am
- Thursday-Midnight, 1 am, 3 am, 11 pm
- Friday-1 am, 4 am
- Saturday-4 am, 6 am, 7 am.
Each of us has his or her personal reasons for wanting to spend an hour each week with Jesus. I would like to share just two that we all have in common: 1. The joy we give to Him and 2. The graces He gives to us. We all know that when you love someone you experience a joy in being with the one you love. A mother can hardly wait to hold her newborn infant; a father’s joy is being with his children; grandparents delight in seeing their grandchildren; friends treasure the moments they spend together, and sweethearts find it difficult to leave each other’s company.
And the more you love someone, the greater joy you have in being with that other person.
This is the point: Because Jesus loves you infinitely, unlimited is the joy that you bring to His Sacred Heart when you come to spend an hour with Him in the Blessed Sacrament. Even if you feel like you are the worst person in the world, the worse you feel yourself to be, the more joy you bring to Jesus when you humble yourself and come to Him in the Blessed Sacrament.
Regarding the graces given by God to one who comes to adore the Lord Jesus says, “Fear is useless. What is needed is trust. My peace is my gift to you. Cast all your anxiety upon the Lord who cares for you.” In summary, nowhere on earth are you more loved; nowhere on earth are you more welcomed; nowhere on earth is your presence more appreciated than in the Presence of Jesus in The Blessed Sacrament, where He loves you with a personal love, as if you were the only one in the whole world.
It is with this confidence in God’s Love that I invited that bank teller and gas station clerk to not only speak to staff, but to stop by the church for some peace and quiet: “Come on in, we’ll have the light on for you.” If you are searching for a little more peace in life or in your family, how about taking an hour . . . any hour day or night. No matter the hour—Jesus is already signed up to be there with you!
My Love in Christ, through Mary, Mother of the Church,
Fr. Jim Perkl, Pastor