Come to Me and Rest Awhile
The Spirituality of Eucharistic Adoration
As the world grapples with the reality of the pandemic, social isolation, and the personal fallout from efforts to limit the advance of the coronavirus, it feels like, more than ever, we need the guidance of Jesus in the Eucharist to calm our fears and carry us through—only the Good Shepherd knows the pathway through this for all of us together, and for each of us individually. We each can say, “My” Good Shepherd knows what I am afraid of, what I dread, the changes in my life that this unexpected turn of events will make, the way it will open up also new light, greater love, and surprising hope!
This site is designed to provide you with tools to help you pray and deepen your union with Jesus in Eucharistic adoration. Our Founder, Blessed James Alberione, encouraged us to call the hour we spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament “the Visit,” because our time with Jesus should be just that, a visit with a dear friend.
The audio and video guides are designed to go with you right into an adoration chapel, or to pray at home. However, there are many times when we need to see Jesus and open our hearts to him. These guides will help you pray wherever you are, whenever you need him.
Our aim is to help you hear Jesus’ speaking with you more clearly, surrender your life to him more completely, and pray more deeply with all your heart. The method for adoration is that of Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family.
Why Make an Hour of Adoration
While the Eucharistic Celebration is the highest act of worship, sometimes we need more time to reflect on the meaning of the Eucharist in our lives. Blessed James Alberione called the hour of adoration one of the most fruitful and formative spiritual practices, because it allows for personal assimilation of the richness of the Mass. Private adoration of Christ in the Eucharist is not a substitute for the Mass, but leads us back to the Eucharistic Celebration, better prepared to appreciate its meaning and beauty.
At the heart of Father Alberione’s Eucharistic spirituality lay his total preoccupation with the person of Jesus, who is our Way, Truth, and Life. Alberione developed a special Christ-centered way of making the hour of adoration that is particularly relevant for today because of its rich use of Scripture, its flexibility, and its holistic approach.
The Pauline method encourages reading and reflecting on Scripture in each hour of adoration. The flexible structure allows for many prayer styles, and the holistic approach challenges the individual to be receptive to the transforming action of God’s Word in his or her attitudes, choices, and life.
Sample Video Adoration Guide
How to Make an Hour of Adoration
The actual method of making a Pauline hour of adoration and its simple structure follows the three-fold definition Jesus gave Himself as Way, Truth, and Life. The hour of adoration is divided into three “moments,” or parts. A rigid time constraint is not important; what is essential is that time be given to each of these three moments: listening attentively to God’s Word, contemplating Jesus our Master and looking more closely at our relationship with him, and opening our hearts completely to Jesus to let his sustaining grace and peace touch our hearts so that we can bring this peace and love to others.
The Visit is a meeting of our soul
and of our whole being with Jesus.
It is the creature meeting the Creator;
the disciple before the Divine Master;
the patient with the Doctor of souls;
the poor one appealing to the Rich One;
the thirsty one drinking at the Font;
the weak before the Almighty;
the tempted seeking a sure Refuge;
the blind person searching for the Light;
the friend who goes to the True Friend;
the lost sheep sought by the Divine Shepherd;
the wayward heart who finds the Way;
the unenlightened one who finds Wisdom;
the bride who finds the Spouse of the soul;
the “nothing” who finds the All;
the afflicted who finds the Consoler;
the seeker who finds life’s meaning.
It is the shepherds at the crib, Mary Magdalene at Simon’s house, Nicodemus who comes by night. It is the holy discussions of the Samaritan woman, of Zacchaeus, of Philip, and of the Apostles with Jesus; especially in the last week of His earthly life and after the resurrection.
Blessed James Alberione
The Daughters of St Paul
The Pauline life and mission is to prolong Christ’s self-giving in today’s world. Like Paul we are overwhelmed by the love of Jesus, “who died for me.” We feel impelled to tell about the Lord, who has “shown us great mercy.” Daily we seek to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ,” to be gradually transformed in him. We begin each day at Mass, which roots us in the gift of love, the Eucharist. At the celebration of the Eucharist we encounter Christ glorified, whom we then receive as the humble nourishment that dissolves within us to sustain us.
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