On my journey to becoming Catholic, I have experienced God on a deeper level, mainly through new ways of prayer. Adoration is one that I find incredibly moving and soulful.
Webster defines it as this: the act of adoring, the state of being adored
The first time I experienced the Adoration prayer was during the 2nd day of a 3-day retreat by Fr. Dave Pivonka at my parish. Google him if you haven’t heard him speak; he is truly a messenger of God. He carried this very large gold & flashy cross from the front of the church to every row filled by people.
I have since learned this is called the “monstrance”, containing Jesus — body, soul, blood, and divinity.
Fr. Dave encouraged us to bow our heads and pray. I don’t know how much time went by, but I found myself in a deep, meditative state, filled with joy and tears. I was overcome by God’s grace.
Our parish prays adoration every Tuesday from 8:30 am to 8 pm. I try to go each week, and although I haven’t experienced that same feeling from the first time, I do feel that I am in the presence of our most holy and heavenly Christ when I pray in this setting.
It’s not so much becoming Catholic as it is rediscovering Jesus in a new light, He is touching my life in places I never knew existed.