So much of what I read about the state of the Church is saddening particularly when it comes to the disrespect of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. One of the things I love, really love, about my pastor and the priests of my own parish is their dedication and commitment to the respect, dignity, and adoration of our Lord in the Eucharist. Ten years ago under the previous pastor, Eucharistic Adoration was held once a month, for one hour, and which was surprising because most other parishes had none. Then, one priest pushed for three hours one night a week. These were truly joyous occasions for me. About six years ago, our present pastor was assigned and we soon had 12 hours every Friday. He had come from a parish where Perpetual Adoration is held in a small chapel. Recently, we have begun 24-hour Adoration every First Friday.
Sitting and watching television, ready to hit the sack last night at around midnight, I felt compelled to go to the Church. I resisted because I was tired, and then finally, at about 1:30 in the morning I went and stayed until 3. I expected a few others would be there, but there were at least a dozen. When I left, there were still about the same number as people came and went. How beautiful this is, and it is remarkable how this keeps growing, and how blessed I am that this is happening in my parish! There are priests who know Jesus is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament and His power is necessary for us for our Faith journeys.
If we look hard enough, we also find that some Bishops are also this way, and one such Bishop is Bishop Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois. He has recently ordered that the Tabernacle be returned to its proper, noble and prominent place in his Diocese, and is encouraging Adoration. Please take a moment to read about this and say some prayers for Bishop Paprocki and all Faithful Bishops!
Hat tip to The Eponymous Flower Blog for sharing the news.