Signing Up Is A Cross Of Love
Taking A Specific Hour Is A Cross With Love
"A Cross without Love is to heavy but Love without a Cross does not
exist." I read this recently in a book about the Holy Souls in Purgatory. This
saying reflects well on what our community is trying to accomplish at St.
Monica's Perpetual Adoration Chapel. That is, the main goal of this whole
program, to fall in love with Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar,
come to the firm belief in His Real Presence, and to help spread this good news.
This takes sacrifice, the sacrifice of our time, or our cross, which we gladly
offer to our Lord.
Each time we take time out of our busy schedule to come and adore our beloved
Lord we are showing Jesus how much we love Him and also obtaining many graces
for ourselves and the world. The sacrifice of our time, our Cross, is not to
heavy for us because we are falling in love with Jesus each time we come to
adoration and want to be with Him.
St. Peter Julian Eymard, founder of a religious order devoted to adoration of
the Eucharist, often stated that "the most difficult hours of our adoration are
often the most rewarding". In other words, the more difficult the sacrifice of
our time (our Cross) we are often rewarded more by our Lord Himself who comes
closer to us and us to Him during these hours. This definition of this difficult
sacrifice of time will vary for each adorer, but is important to reflect upon if
we are to grow in love with our Eucharistic Jesus as individuals and as a
community. Most of the time we will come the conclusion that a specific hour is
important to sign up for to continue on this journey of love. Because of a busy
schedule many cannot sign-up for an hour immediately. However, schedules always
change whether it be a month from now, a year from now, or five years from now.
Sooner or later each of us is able to plan one hour a week into our schedule to
visit our beloved Lord at a specific hour.
Our beloved Lord is calling all of us to sign-up for a specific hour of
adoration. Pope John Paul II, when establishing Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
at the Vatican in 1981, stated as much when he said "Your faith will help you
realize that it is Jesus Himself who is present in the Blessed Sacrament,
waiting for you and calling you to spend one special specific hour with Him each
You have you choice of hours to be with Him. There are usually 10 open hours
that have no adorers on them and over 90 Hours that could use a second adorer on
Jesus has been waiting for 2000 year for these times when you will visit Him and
comfort Him in His loneliness in the Eucharist. You will comfort Him even more
through your "Cross of Love" by signing-up and sacrificing a specific hour of
your time each week to be with Him.