St. Faustina and Four Reasons for the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

fr_james_bradley_thuriferThe Diary of St Faustina contains many treasures that as the people of God we have yet to unpack. Some of these treasured insights she received during adoration.

What is adoration?

Spending time in the Eucharistic presence of Jesus. This could be with him hidden in the tabernacle or exposed in the monstrance. Each visit is an act of faith in His Real Presence, and an act of love. It is an act of love because we have sacrificed doing other things to linger with Jesus. It could be a stolen moment, a few minutes, or an hour of prayer. When we sit in adoration we learn that prayer is something that God does in us independent of our own efforts. We learn that choosing to spend time with Him is to follow in the footsteps of St. Mary Magdalene (Luke 10:42).

Adoration has intercessory power

St Faustina had a practice of offering up each hour of adoration for a particular intention. From her diary:

Passage 319 ‘For the conversion of hardened sinners, especially for those who have lost hope in God’s mercy’, ‘To make amends for ingratitude’.

Passage 346 ‘For parents and whole family’, ‘For the intentions of my spiritual director, thanking God for him and asking that he be given the necessary light to guide me with’, ‘For the Holy Church, for clergy, for the missions, for religious of my order’, ‘For the holy souls in purgatory’.

Passage 355 ‘For a sister who asked me to pray for her’, ‘For the conversion of sinners’, ‘In expiation for insults against God’, ‘For my spiritual director’.

Passage 1061 ‘In thanksgiving for the graces granted me and in thanksgiving for a time of illness and for the graces granted during that time of illness’.

Are these intentions rare to you? Perhaps you should make it your special intention for the next time you go to adoration.

Adoration has consequences

From St. Faustina’s diary we see that she had a regular hour of adoration of a Thursday evening. It was during Thursday evenings that she had inspirations, spiritual lights, and encouraging messages.

Once after her hour of adoration St. Faustina experienced the wrath of demons. St. Faustina through adoration of the Eucharist had snatched sin hardened souls from them. (Passage 320).

Do you like using highlighter pens? I encourage you to go through her Diary. Highlight the things that happened on Thursdays, or during adoration, or during Holy Hours. Through that you can discover the good we received through her faithfulness to adoration.

From St. Faustina’s diary we see that she had a regular hour of adoration of a Thursday evening. It was during Thursday evenings that she had inspirations, spiritual lights, and encouraging messages.

Once after her hour of adoration St. Faustina experienced the wrath of demons. St. Faustina through adoration of the Eucharist had snatched sin hardened souls from them (Passage 320).

Do you like using highlighter pens? I encourage you to go through her Diary. Highlight the things that happened on Thursdays, or during adoration, or during Holy Hours. Through that you can discover the good we received through her faithfulness to adoration.

Adoration is not something you do alone

Even if you think you are alone in the chapel, there will be angels, saints and holy souls with you. St. Faustina recognised this and often united her adoration with theirs.

Passage 319 ‘I called upon the whole of heaven to join me in making amends to the Lord’.

Passage 691 ‘I remained in prayer for a whole hour and united myself in spirit with those souls who are already worshipping God in the perfect way.’

She found doing this helpful, especially when having difficulty in praying.

When next you have an important intention to pray for, ask some of the saints to intercede with you.

Adoration matters to Jesus

During a time of adoration, Jesus told St Faustina,

‘My daughter, know that your ardent love and the compassion you have for Me were a consolation to Me in the Garden’ (Passage 1664).

He even rebuked her gently when one day she completely forgot to go to her hour of adoration,

‘I have been waiting to share My suffering with you, for who can understand My suffering better than My spouse?’ (Passage 348).

If you have yet to commit to a weekly hour of adoration, I encourage you to work out how to make it part of your routine.

Adoration doesn’t depend upon our feelings

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Even if you are tired, go and pray. Even if you are unable to pray, go to adoration. Even if you are unable to kneel, go and sit before Jesus. Why?

Jesus explained St. Faustina,

‘Your prayer is extremely pleasing to Me’ (Passage 691).

Sometimes there is sweetness, consolation and inspiration. Sometimes there is struggle, pain and desolation. Sometimes there are no feelings at all. Being with Jesus is what matters, what happens – if anything – is up to Him.

Don’t give up. A Hail Mary prayed when the presence of God brings you joy has value. That pray has even more value when we feel that are soul is as dry as a desert. We prove that we love Him when we continue to love Him when consolations are absent.

To be able to spend three hours of free time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is to truly unpack a treasure (Passage 346).

St Faustina Kowalska, patron of World Youth Day 2016, pray for us.

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