Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Commitment to daily Eucharistic Adoration
Dear Daughters of St. Philip Neri,
Adoration is a "very sweet duty"; for it is here that you come to the Beloved and in this you also fulfill the greatest commandment - Love the Lord your God with all your mind, heart, soul and strength and Love your neighbor as yourself. This is a commitment that you make daily, then, not out of self interest but for love.
Such commitment is not easy in our day. In so many aspects of our lives we like to keep our options open. When invited to an event we often say "Maybe" rather than "Yes" or "No", preferring to wait rather than to commit in case something more interesting or important arises. Or, perhaps, we simply want to hold on to the "freedom" of self-direction; to determine when and how we come to the Lord.
This, Fr. Florian describes, can hold within it a kind of "deceptive desire and a dangerous fidelity." We prefer to come to the Lord according to our own pleasure, when it suits us. Yet, true freedom is exercised when it is committed to fidelity in love to pray faithful and regularly!
In your commitment to daily adoration Daughters, you become a service for mankind and keep watch in the name Church for those most in need of it - especially the priests for whom you pray.
It is not what we do that makes a “holy hour”, but what Jesus does: he pours into us his Holy Spirit, which sanctifies us. “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water’ ” (Jn 7:37–38). What counts above all for Jesus is our desire to love him. Instead of keeping an hour in our day free for our personal occupations, we choose to meet him in an hour of adoration.
In adoration, what is most important is not what we feel but him whom we meet and what we give him! Love seeks, not its own interest, but the interest of the beloved. One does not go worship for oneself or to feel something. We adore God for himself and because he deserves our adoration. Adoring is a “very sweet duty”; it is the first commandment: “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve” (Mt 4:10).
Some people refuse to choose a specific hour, preferring to come “freely”, according to their pleasure. A deceptive desire and a dangerous fidelity! Love drives us to commitment. Freedom is fully exercised when it is committed to fidelity in love. To overcome an affective adoration (adoring when one feels like it, going to see “one’s own little Jesus”) and move on to an adoration “in spirit and truth”, an adoration in the Church and for the Church, it is necessary to pray faithfully and regularly! Adoration then becomes a service for mankind. We keep watch in the name of the Church for those most in need of it.
Racine, Fr. Florian
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