Friday, January 13, 2012


The Crucifix in St Francis De Sales day-chapel.

Every Friday in our day-chapel at St Francis De Sales Cathedral, we have 9 hours of perpetual Adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament. I actually start at 6 AM with a Mass attended by a few parishioners, and rain or shine, ice or snow these are faithful people who are always there, when most people are still sound asleep. At the end of the Mass, I expose the Blessed Sacrament for public adoration. Various parishioners come every hour until 3 PM, when we recite the Divine Mercy chaplet, followed by Solemn Benediction. On some occasions I lead a Holy Hour at the end to celebrate Pro-Life, Priesthood, the Eucharist and other themes.
One can only imagine the graces people receive when they are actually in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Some people sit quietly and pray silently, others recite the Rosary, yet others read from the Bible or any other spiritual book, and still others just look at Jesus in the Sacred Host in the monstrance. They don't have to say much, because it's when we are sitting quietly that Jesus speaks to us. The moment we least expect it, an inspiration comes to our mind, a beautiful thought enters our mind, and a glow fills our hearts with joy. People are so busy nowadays that they find it hard to find time for prayer - but those who come to our chapel can tell you that's the best place to be, because Jesus can read our hearts. He knows what we need and He gives it to us in due time. And in silence He answers our prayers. People think they have to read or mumble prayers to be prayerful, but I also believe that "Silence is the most eloquent form of prayer." I hope that those who read these blogs will also experience a prayerful glow in their own hearts, and realize that Jesus is closer to them than they think.

The crucifix hanging on the wall in the day-chapel at this time of the year gets a beautiful colorful reflection from the stained-glass windows on the side, and this photo I took last year speaks for itself. May the Light of Christ brighten your lives, especially when you experience one of those dark, uncertain, troublesome days.

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