Each day, twice a day, we have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament online. Not many people join in — I know that for many, it’s not practical or it does not answer their spiritual needs; I thought about suspending the Adoration and trying to think of something else that might better serve our community.
But I had second thoughts — these two hours a day are symbolic: something is being done by us, for us all. Those who join in are helping to keep the spirit of our community alive, praying not just for themselves but for all of us. It reminds me of a convent of enclosed nuns, few in number, hidden away, praying for the needs of the world. In my previous parish, I also had the responsibility of making official visitations to convents and monasteries, commissioned by the archbishop to assist in any way their community life and mission. I was always impressed, often moved, by the hidden ministry of prayer. In a way, that is what we are doing by our simple online Adoration.
Fr Dominic, my Redemptorist confrere in Vienna, sent me a link to a beautiful reflection on online Adoration, and I am happy to share it with you.
If you can, drop in from time to time — not necessarily for the whole hour. Leave a comment/like. We’re all in this together!
Every good wish, Fr Ed