Several years ago, I followed the “take something up” opportunity during lent and made a weekly adoration commitment. I didn’t have much experience with adoration and had never fully understood the practice. Armed with meditation and reflection booklets composed for adoration, enriched by YouTube descriptions, and equipped with my journal, I began my commitment. My biggest challenge was “Be still and know that I am God.”
Now, several years later, I continue with the practice of a weekly Holy Hour at a committed weekly day and time, and sometimes more when I substitute for another adorer. I treasure my quiet, still time with the Lord - what a gift it truly is! Adoration is the only place where my mind, heart, and soul are quiet enough to hear the still, small voice of the Lord, just like Elijah did in 1 Kings, Chapter 19. In this quiet way, the Lord guides me as I both discern and reflect. The more time I spend in adoration, the more I understand the true presence of our Lord in the Eucharist. The more I realize the true presence, the greater is my experience of awe and wonder, a gift of the Holy Spirit which we all receive at Confirmation.
All relationships require a bi-directional commitment to each other and what relationship is more important than one with God. For me, adoration is a time that I prioritize time focused and dedicated to enriching my relationship with Jesus. My yearning is to grow closer to the Lord all the time; I believe adoration provides me valuable one-on-one time (“face time”) to fulfill my desire. Praying, reading scripture, mediating, listening, and looking. Adoration is a time without distractions, of my daily life, that I can give all of myself to develop a deeper devotion to my Lord and Savior.
—Gregory D Tomko