“In this life,” St. Thomas Aquinas writes, “No one can fulfill this longing, nor can any creature satisfy man’s desire. Only God satisfies, he infinitely exceeds all other pleasures. That is why man can rest in nothing but God.”
The primary goal of each religion class at Saint Joseph School is to teach the students how to “rest in nothing but God.” Students learn how to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ through personal prayer and the sacraments of the
Church. The new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel plays a key role in facilitating this objective. They keypad on the chapel door allows for anyone to pray to Jesus present in the Eucharist during any time of the day or night.
Once the Adoration Chapel opened in September 2018, Seminarian Jack Ruzicka thought it would be a good idea to incorporate Eucharist Adoration as a weekly part of the curriculum. In today’s fast-paced and noisy culture, it in increasingly difficult to set aside intentional periods of silent prayer. Adoration is the perfect solution.
In Seminarian Jack’s religion classes, students had the option to write a brief paragraph describing their experience of Eucharist Adoration. The feedback is remarkable and inspiring. The students’ feedback will be anonymously published each week during the Advent Season. Our prayer is that these words will encourage people to incorporate regular Adoration into their weekly or daily schedules. These publications also serve to show the wider parish community of the incredible devotion of our students.
Christ said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” (Luke 18:16-17). These weekly trips to the Adoration Chapel are a response of love to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, who desires a relationship with His children.
Here are some of the responses:
“What Adoration means to me is time well spent with God in silence. In Adoration, I have experienced the true love of God through prayer. Having this experience reminds me of what God can do in your life…. Going to Adoration has been a good experience and has taught me how important it is to spend a couple minutes of your day with God. What I like most about Adoration is the silence with God…. I have learned that some days I need to zone out of all the craziness in everyday life and think about how much God has done for me and my family. I’m so thankful for this experience.”
“My experience of Eucharistic Adoration has been very calming so far. It has helped me to see all the pain and suffering that Jesus went through for us. Eucharistic Adoration has also been fun in a way. It is fun because you get to pray in a big room full of detailed work, especially the cross. It has helped me to see that we shouldn’t give up because Jesus never did.”
“During Eucharistic Adoration, I can feel the peacefulness of God. I like Adoration because I can forget about everything and talk to God. I also like being able to pray without being interrupted. When I’m in Adoration, I can truly devote attention to God.”
“Eucharistic Adoration has made me feel closer to God. It has also relieved me of stress because I can tell Jesus what is on my mind. I also can pray for any intentions that are in my heart. This is why I love going to Eucharistic Adoration.”
“My experience of Eucharistic Adoration so far has been wonderful. For example, I love the huge cross. The cross has great detail painted on it…. I love that the chapel is really quiet. I love being there in front of Jesus dying on the cross. I love praying to God and talking to Him – the Adoration Chapel is the perfect place for that. If I could go every day I would.”