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!
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.
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.