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Pieces of Sunday

Some churches have opened with specific rules, smaller groups, masks.  I have still not felt comfortable to make this journey.  Instead my Sundays looks a lot different.  I do not “honor the Sabbath,” I do chores and grocery shop and pull some weeds in the garden.  I intentionally find time in the Word, with Mother Mary, Jesus in podcasts and prayer.  I cling to my rosary beads with a new passion.  As a new-two year Catholic, I find the pandemic to be incredibly hard, relating to my faith.  I miss the social groups, in-person bible study (not a fan of Zoom/video chats), working in the physical church, praying Adoration on Tuesday, checking out books in the library.  It’s a new normal.  I am not adapting well!

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There will always be prayer that needs to be done, and that can be accomplished anywhere.  I am hopeful for the future, that our entire world can heal from this virus and can find the space and comfort in which to worship.  Me included.

1 Corinthians 14:26
What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.
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Pieces of Adoration

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.

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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.