Our Society of Adorers
On Friday, a “First Friday”, we, as a parish, presented to Our Loving Savior, yet another 24-Hour Adoration period. We began these 24-Hour Adoration periods some 13 months ago and through the diligent and tireless efforts of Mrs. Carole Borz, the number of committed adorers has slowly been growing, thereby providing the minimum requirement of having two adorers present for every one-hour period during the Exposition of the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus. We have slowly grown the number of Friday morning to Saturday morning, 24-hour adoration periods, from one, to two, and now in September we will add a third Adoration period. We will now offer 24-hour Exposition on the First, Third, and Fourth Friday of every month. Thank you, Carol for your persistence in enrolling new members to this most Sacred Society of Adorers. Our goal… as was stated at the onset of my becoming pastor, is to, one step at a time, grow to becoming a “Perpetual Adoration Parish.” We now have the perfect and secure chapel facility for just that. All we need are sincere, humble, and peace-filled adorers. I wish to also thank newly committed coordinators who are assisting Carole. They are
Marta Guevara, Melinda Caliolio, and Tess Dominquez. Many more are needed to allow this Society of Adorers to function more effortlessly.
What is sad, however, is the small percentage of parishioners who have made an affirmative response to the saddening plea, posed by Jesus Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane: “So, could you not watch with Me for one hour?” (MT 26: 40). Most of the coverage for the hour-long adoration segments is done by the same 20 to 30 people for every Adoration and…there are only 10 people who have committed to sign-up for a consistent committed hour for every Adoration. Please do not be afraid to commit for fear that from time to time you know you will be unable to make it due to vacation, travel or other circumstances. Please commit to at least give it a try. The Lord will make you glad you did.
The Fatima prayer has us specifically praying…in reparation…for (in addition to many other insults and outrages) for the “Indifference” that we show towards the Real Presence of Our Lord in all the Tabernacles and Monstrances throughout the world. Indifference?? What exactly is that? Well that word describes an attitude of irrelevance, unimportance and insignificance. Our Lady at Fatima said that by the prevalence, the very common occurrence, of these attitudes, her Son, our Savior, is very much offended. She has prompted us to pray in humble reparation and with increased Faith, to appease and please our Lord.
Oh, how I wish I could convince Catholics of the tremendous treasure they have in the Eucharist. It is expressed in the teachings of the Church … “For at the Last Supper on the night He was betrayed, Our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of His Body and Blood (1 Cor 11: 23-26). In the “Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy” a Vatican II Document, we are instructed: “He did this in order to perpetuate the Sacrifice of the Cross throughout the centuries until He should come again, and so to entrust to His Beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of His death and resurrection: a Sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, [and] the mind is filled with grace and a pledge of future glory is given to us.” In addition, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us, that at every Eucharistic celebration, “Christ gives us the very Body which He gave up for us on the Cross, the very Blood which He ‘poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins’ ” (CCC, 1365).
Every Mass then makes present again the super abundant grace of Christ’s Sacrifice on the Cross. From that sacrifice, He gives us His very Body and Blood. This abiding Eucharistic Presence of the Lord was related by the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen when he opined: “The Sacrifice of the Cross is not something past, like the signing of the Declaration of Independence; it is an abiding drama on which the curtain has not yet rung down. Let it not be believed that it happened a long time ago, and therefore, no more concerns us than anything else in the past. Calvary belongs to all times and to all places” (Sheen, Calvary and the Mass, 2).
I would like to follow up on this belief in the abiding Real Presence of Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist and address some of the misgivings, misinformation, inaccurate myths, and disillusionments that have crept in to the minds of the more recent generations. I plan to do so in next week’s corner. In the meantime, please pray the Fatima Prayer and your Rosary daily, in response to Our Lady’s fervent plea. And make this prayer your prayer.
“Lord I do believe, help me in my unbelief.”
Peace and prayers,