Common questions about the faith
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What is adoration?
As Catholics, we believe that Jesus Christ is truly present in the Eucharist when the priest says the words of consecration at mass. “This is my body that has been given up for you.” In Eucharistic adoration, that same host that has been consecrated (aka is really Jesus) is exposed for us in a monstrance (what holds the Eucharist). Spending time with Jesus is crucial in an authentic and effective Christian life. So just like I could call up my friend and talk to her over the phone or I could meet up face to face with her and talk, going to Eucharistic adoration is that face to face interaction with Jesus. And if Jesus Christ comes and stays all the way from Heaven to hide in a piece of Bread for me there must be a very important reason. Come and discover it.
what do I do in adoration?
Anything! (Well, not anything.) Silent adoration is your time with Jesus. Talk to Him, listen to Him, read your bible, listen to Him, pray the rosary, listen to Him, read another spiritual book, listen to Him, just sit in front of the Lord and listen to Him. Tell him your fears and concerns.
Why do I need adoration?
Jesus wants to be a part of your life. More than that, He wants to be the center of your life because He knows what will make you happy. He knows the plan that will bring you joy and peace. He wants to tell you that plan. He wants to help you in every area of your life. Any stress, worry, anxiety, or fear, He wants to help you through. The only way He can do that is if you bring it to Him. Jesus celebrates with you through the good and helps you through the challenging. Simply, we need adoration because we need Jesus, and adoration is one of the closest encounters with Jesus we can have on this side of eternity.
what is confession
Confession, reconciliation, penance, all refer to the sacrament involving us sitting either face to face or behind a screen with a priest, telling our sins, and the priest forgives every one of them. We all sin. There are areas in all of our lives where we fall short. God knows this and offers us the sacrament of reconciliation as a way to forgive us of those sins in order to return to a closer union with Him.
What’s this “Koinonia”