If you are anything like me, it is not uncommon that upon finding yourself in Eucharistic Adoration you spend a few minutes speaking to Jesus from the heart, say a Rosary, and then silence, look around for a book, look at the statues, check for new holy cards, and then check your watch. Only 20 minutes? Wait, wasn’t this meant to be a holy hour?
Enter this helpful little book, The Ave Guide to Eucharistic Adoration. In this extremely helpful guide, you will find a beautiful introduction to the history of Eucharistic Adoration as well as practical yet flexible plan for how to structure one’s time in Adoration. The remainder of the book is divided into four sections namely: Adoration and Penance, Adoration and Word, Adoration and Sacrifice, and Adoration and Service. Each of these sections offers an amazing plethora of texts and reflections from the Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Church documents, great Saints in the Church, and so much more!
The real genius of this book is that each, let’s call them “reflection”, contains an introduction to the text proposed for mediation, the text itself (no hunting around to find the right verse for you), and follow-up questions (which could be used as journal questions or simply a conversation piece with God.) The reflections themselves are relatively short only 1-3 pages so a person can very effectively decide how much time they would like to spend in Adoration that visit. Additionally, there are hundreds of individual reflections so it would take years to enjoy them all properly!
This well thought-out and full guide will give you no end to content to take with you to Eucharistic Adoration and I believe that it will inspire much fruitful prayer and contemplation for years to come! When you take this little book to Eucharistic Adoration, I think the time will fly by and never again will you ask yourself, how am I going to fill a holy hour?
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