Guadium Pope Francis warns of us losing our fervor, of being robbed of it.
Over and over he states this and calls for ways to prevent it from happening. He also gives many examples of excuses that
must be overcome. Being in the regular presence of God via Eucharistic
Adoration will revive us and motivate us to overcome obstacles.
Pope Francis calls us all to be missionaries and speaks many
times of the need to provide a place where missionaries can find refuge,
comfort, and support.Where better place
than with our Eucharistic Lord?When our
Lord is exposed in the Blessed Sacrament there is silence, peace, and the visible
presence of God.Here the missionary can
rest, talk with the Lord, hear God’s personal message, be comforted, not just during
a scheduled hour but any hour of any night or any day.
The dioceses of Chicago and San Antonio, both of whom took
Pope John Paul II’s call for perpetual Eucharistic Adoration to heart, grew
vocations to the priesthood over the last twenty years. Both dioceses had major
support and encouragement from their bishops that every parish establish
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.Not all
were 24/7, but both dioceses have around fifteen 24/7 parishes and numerous
other parishes have extended periods of weekly Exposition.
In Chicago, a “Holy Hour for Priests” devotion was
implemented, where throughout the diocese there was one or more Churches
formally praying in Eucharistic Adoration for vocations.
A recent study found
that 65% of new diocesan seminarians practiced regular Eucharistic Adoration prior to entering the seminary. How
can we get youth into Eucharistic Adoration if the practice is not emphasized
and available to fit everybody’s schedule? Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration fits everybody’s
schedule.A few specific hours here or
there scattered around an entire diocese will miss far too many souls.
Bishop Kevin Vann is giving his full support to growing Eucharistic Adoration in our diocese.