To Do or to Be?

In honor of this, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, this author leaves you with a piece on Eucharistic Adoration from Word on Fire. For those who may not know, Catholics do not believe the Eucharist is a mere symbol of Christ’s presence on the altar and in the world. We believe He is really, truly, and actually present under the “accidents” or appearances of bread and wine. By “accidents” we mean the bread and wine’s taste, physical appearance, weight, etc. So spending an hour in the presence of the Eucharist means we are actually spending an hour with the Christ, the Son of God and the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.

There are chapels and churches that have perpetual adoration – that is, they have adoration twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Even if you are not Catholic, you might like to spend some time at Adoration some day. It is a very peaceful, comforting experience.

Enjoy the article, readers. God bless, and Merry Christmas!!


by Elizabeth Scalia

October 17, 2019

Part 3 of a 4-Part series on Eucharistic Adoration

When I dragged a friend to Adoration recently, she pumped me with panicky questions while on the way. “Sitting for an hour in silence? But what do you do?”

Her question was not unexpected. We live in a utilitarian society where everything in our lives, and indeed our own self-worth, is terribly bound up in what we do. It’s one of the first things we ask each other as new acquaintances—not “How do you be” but “What do you do?”—which is the question by which we measure another’s value and worth, not just materially but within the scope of humanity. The question reveals the entrenched mindset that permits society to consider the “benefits” of euthanasia, or the in utero genocide perpetrated against babies whose quality of life might be deemed not good enough—not useful enough—to permit their birth.

Sitting before Christ at Adoration is less about doing than about being. “I look at the Master and the Master looks at me,” and nothing much more than that needs to occur at Adoration, because in that silent interlude something supernatural is at work, “doing” more than we can even imagine.

Nevertheless, our need to attach some value to Adoration drove my friend’s question, and I answered it simply. “I pray. Sometimes I read. Sometimes I doze. Sometimes I do nothing at all. It’s all good.”

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