Monday, July 02, 2007

Poll-Release Monday #21: Updated

Here is the new poll for this week:
  • How long as it been since you went to Eucharistic adoration?
    • Less than 1 week
    • 1 week
    • 2 weeks
    • 1 month
    • 6 months
    • 1 year
    • More than 1 year
My intention with this question, like last week's question, is to get a better understanding of the spiritual life of my readers, and perhaps to emphasize the importance of Confession and Eucharistic adoration to those among you who do not regularly avail themselves of these fountains of grace in the Church.

Eucharistic adoration is very important. "Public and private devotion to the Holy Eucharist outside Mass also is highly recommended: for the presence of Christ, who is adored by the faithful in the Sacrament, derives from the sacrifice and is directed towards sacramental and spiritual Communion" (Inaestimabile Donum, no. 20). Jesus' question to Peter is one posed to all of us: "Could you not watch with me one hour?" (Mt 26:40). Jesus stands, in the consecrated Bread, poised to reveal himself to us. We need only to approach him in prayer and adoration. "Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration and in contemplation that is full of faith and ready to make reparation for the great faults and crimes of the world. May our adoration never cease" (Dominicae Cenae, no. 3). When we adore Him as he deserves to be adored, we perfect the image of God that we bear within us. "As we thus become adorers of the Father 'in spirit and truth,' we mature in an ever fuller union with Christ, we are ever more united to Him, and--if one may use the expression--we are ever more in harmony with Him" (Dominicae Cenae, no. 5).

If it has been a while since the last time you knelt in prayer before your Lord and Savior, please consider going to meet Him in Eucharistic adoration. May Jesus never say to you: "Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me?" (Jn 14:9).

As for last week's poll, here are the results:

The answers in the "Other" category were "3 weeks" (1) and "1.5 weeks" (1). The other 4 voters forgot to type their answer in the space provided. At any rate, the winning answer was "1 month," with 10 votes. Honestly, I was suprised by this. I can't imagine going 1 month without Confession. I know that every time I have gone that long, when I finally go, I arrive with A LOT to tell and in a sorry spiritual state.

I go once a week, on Saturday, and that's usually what I recommend to people. I do realize that everyone's spiritual life is different and that some people may not feel that this is necessary, but we are encouraged to confess frequently (even venial sins), and we can always stand to receive the grace poured out on us by the Sacrament:
1447 [. . .] During the seventh century Irish missionaries, inspired by the Eastern monastic tradition, took to continental Europe the "private" practice of penance, which does not require public and prolonged completion of penitential works before reconciliation with the Church. [. . .] This new practice envisioned the possibility of repetition and so opened the way to a regular frequenting of this sacrament.

1458 Without being strictly necessary, confession of everyday faults (venial sins) is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church.59 Indeed the regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ and progress in the life of the Spirit. By receiving more frequently through this sacrament the gift of the Father's mercy, we are spurred to be merciful as he is merciful [. . .].
Of course, in the case of mortal sin, one is required to receive sacramental absolution before receiving the Eucharist, and all Catholics are required to go to Confession at least once a year (cf. Can. 916, 989)

The effects of this Sacrament are great:
1468 "The whole power of the sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God's grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship."73 Reconciliation with God is thus the purpose and effect of this sacrament. For those who receive the sacrament of Penance with contrite heart and religious disposition, reconciliation "is usually followed by peace and serenity of conscience with strong spiritual consolation."74 Indeed the sacrament of Reconciliation with God brings about a true "spiritual resurrection," restoration of the dignity and blessings of the life of the children of God, of which the most precious is friendship with God.75

1469 This sacrament reconciles us with the Church. Sin damages or even breaks fraternal communion. The sacrament of Penance repairs or restores it. In this sense it does not simply heal the one restored to ecclesial communion, but has also a revitalizing effect on the life of the Church which suffered from the sin of one of her members.76 Re-established or strengthened in the communion of saints, the sinner is made stronger by the exchange of spiritual goods among all the living members of the Body of Christ, whether still on pilgrimage or already in the heavenly homeland:77
It must be recalled that . . . this reconciliation with God leads, as it were, to other reconciliations, which repair the other breaches caused by sin. The forgiven penitent is reconciled with himself in his inmost being, where he regains his innermost truth. He is reconciled with his brethren whom he has in some way offended and wounded. He is reconciled with the Church. He is reconciled with all creation.78
1470 In this sacrament, the sinner, placing himself before the merciful judgment of God, anticipates in a certain way the judgment to which he will be subjected at the end of his earthly life. For it is now, in this life, that we are offered the choice between life and death, and it is only by the road of conversion that we can enter the Kingdom, from which one is excluded by grave sin.79 In converting to Christ through penance and faith, the sinner passes from death to life and "does not come into judgment."80
Flee to His forgiveness!!

Pax Christi,

1 comment:

Anthony said...

You have a very interesting site, Nicholas. I commend you on the effort.

Interesting that my comment should fall on this post; it wasn't too long ago that I was visiting a monastery where they do Eucharistic adoration.

Wanted to let you know I've included you in the newest installment of Surfer's Paradise. I hope the link serves you well.

If you have an opportunity to come by The Lives and Times... I'll be interested in any input you may have.

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