Seven Quick Takes Friday ~ Hanging With God For An Hour
Our parish has a small Adoration Chapel in a back room of the church. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and requires lots of parishioners to spend one hour a week to keep it open and prayers going. My husband currently takes the Wednesday 8:00-9:00 PM hour. Sometimes I join him. I always feel good when I do.
Once we were a little bit late and apologized to Mr. W. - the man who had the hour before. He's a gentle 80-year-old man. He assured us that it was no problem, that he "could spend the rest of his life there" - and it was clear that he meant it! Mr. W's comment made me think of anchorites of the medieval ages - people who lived in a room adjacent to a church in order to pray as much as possible and sometimes counsel visitors.
It's amazing how quickly an hour goes by. There's a nice variety of spiritual/prayer books to read, or you can just sit and hang out with God.
I am astonished at the many people who take on the late-at-night or very-early-in-the-morning hours! I wish I could be so sacrificing to help keep the chapel open, but I am CRABBY if my sleep is interrupted! But, maybe I should give it a chance ...
~6~A Prayer Journal is kept in the Adoration Chapel. Sometimes it's interesting to read over the intentions. So much hurt and difficulty out there!
My Lord and my God!
- St. Thomas
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