As you may know, our school children are being escorted to Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays during class time once a month by grade. Their prayer time is brief, 15 minutes or less for the younger grades, longer for our older students. By now, all the grades have had one turn at a visit to the Blessed Sacrament.
Last week, during a routine visit to the fourth grade, I asked the students whether they liked the Eucharistic Adoration or not. The nearly universal response, "yes" surprised me a little, but what the students said nearly bowled me over.
When I asked about what they like most, nearly all remarked on the stillness and the silence. "It was peaceful and reverent," said one girl. Another girl confided that she cried when she prayed for her dead pets. One boy exclaimed that for the first time in his life, he "really felt close to Jesus." "Yes, yes," added another young man, "it seemed like only me and Jesus and the people I prayed for were there; everyone and everything else kinda disappeared."
I wondered how long 15 minutes seems to 4th graders suddenly immersed in 15 minutes of silent prayer and asked if anyone thought it was too long, or they got bored. "Father," chided one student, "how can you get bored when you're talking to Jesus?"
I'm not making this up!! Stay tuned for more Eucharistic miracles.
Join us at adoration on Wednesdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.