This blog is meant to provide insight into the Sacred Scriptures. Through it I will share what I have learned about God's Word through my personal prayer, academic studies, and other encounters with the Bible. My hope is to encourage you in your own faith journey through the Word. God Bless!
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“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest
in the kingdom of heaven?’And
calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Truly, I
say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the
kingdom of heaven.Whoever humbles
himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven’”
As I continue to share different
experiences that I have seen with Eucharistic Adoration, the four verses above
are quite impressive.Little ones
need 100% help to eat, drink and live.Often, they quickly grow close to Jesus and learn how vital he is.
As a youth minister, we used to
have a five-day retreat named “Discipleship Week” in Duluth.Between 50-75 high school students, we
always asked our students what the favorite part of the retreat towards the end
of the week.Most of them quickly
answered, “Adoration.”It was
awesome for me to watch these young men and women entering daily Masses, a
couple of nights with Eucharistic Adoration and Confession.
I also used to bring students to
Camp Survive, another diocesan event that is filled with students around our
diocese to the day.And do you
know what one of their favorite parts was for the week?Usually, it wasn’t swimming, games,
food or events.It was often
“Mass” and or “Adoration.”
After I was ordained a priest, we
had a cool event after our School Mass at St. John the Evangelist.Do you know what we did?Fr. Rich or I exposed Jesus through Eucharistic
Adoration (as well as praise and worship and confession).It was amazing to watch kids from
kindergarten-sixth graders adoring our Savior, receive love, mercy and
compassion, and beginning a better day at school.
Now I try to make each event that
offered for our students around our Diocese of Duluth, as I can serve and enjoy
how these young ones open their hearts to God.
Here are three recommendations and
goals in my mind which will only support and encourage our parishes, school and
parishioners.First, our 40 Hours
of Adoration will begin at 6:00pm at St. Thomas Aquinas on Tuesday.It will start with exposition of Jesus
Christ, a quick talk and a moment for reconciliation with two visiting priests
and me.We will also have a great
musician to offer praise and worship.It will conclude at 8:45am on Thursday morning (with our school Mass
right after) with reposition and benediction.During these forty hours, we have several opening slots, and
we need each hour with you.Please sign up!
Second, we need two hours to be
covered during our weekly hours from Monday to Friday.Please
sign up!(Speak with me, Carol
Youso or Les Hendrickson).
Third, back in the day, we offered
Adoration for 24/7, which means “perpetual Adoration.”Now, it is time to invite and add more
adorers as this would only grow our relationships with God and our spiritual
offerings for our family.I
believe that we can easily find ten people in our parishes to enhance our
weekly prayers and we will change it to 11:00am-11:00pm.I will be signing up for Wednesday
evenings from 10:00-11:00pm.Who will join the 11:00am and 10:00pm crew?
(You adorers, fish for people to
allow this movement forward to Christ).
Finally, I love one of my former
cross-country running quotes: “When you don’t go forward, you go
backward.”While he meant this for
a sport, this also connects to Jesus Christ.
Experience Eucharistic Adoration,
as you will go forward, and your life will change!
I rejoice with our readings today as it is a compact message
how God saved the world
·We rejoice to Jerusalem
·Some images: a quilt, mosaic, art, music
·Last chapter of two books in the Bible: 1 and 2
o“In those days, all the princes of Judah, the priests, and the people added infidelity to infidelity, practicing all the abominations of the nations and polluting the LORD’s temple which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.”
§It reminds us of Salvation History
§And our own lives
sent His messengers—the prophets—who proclaimed God as our Father, our Creator
§These messengers were mocked
§How do people mock God?How do you mock God with His message
within Catholic morality?
Jerusalem was destroyed
§Religion, politics, economy, community gone
·A poem and a prayer
tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you?”
and down in the Scriptures, as well as cultures, as well our country, as well
as each of us: when we forget God
§And yes, at times we should not offer our own
opinion, or believe what you want to believe, if it is not true
§As questions, discussions, or even personal
doubts, sometimes our tongue should be silent and when we walk away from God,
not return back to God
·Letter from St. Paul that in the Scriptures,
this is after the four Gospels—after Jesus life, death and resurrection
·A great moment of Lauetere
·“God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions,
brought us to life with Christ — by grace you have been saved —, raised us up with him…”
oWe are reminded to God’s rich immeasurable
love, mercy and grace
·The story with richness
·Moses earlier rose a serpent on a pole to
protect the Israelites, “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,so must the Son of Man be lifted
up, so that everyone who believes in him may have
o“For God so
loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not
perish but might have eternal life.”
people back then, and today, go away from God, do not believe in God and stay
in the darkness
lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in
·Rejoice, brothers and sisters, that God gave us
a saving plan
I grew with Eucharistic Adoration
while I was a student at The College of St. Scholastica.
It was a blessed time to join a
Young Adult Group at St. Benedict under the leadership of Fr. Rich Kunst and
Fr. Joel Hastings.On many Monday
evenings, we were able to experience thirty minutes in Adoration, an
opportunity for confession and a theme taught by these priests.These evenings concluded with some fun
and meaningful times to ask questions and listen to conversations about our
I also found another place to grow
in my spiritual life by visiting a small Eucharistic Adoration chapel at St.
Mary Star of the Sea (downtown Duluth).I spent many hours throughout my four years at college, especially to
offer prayers of the Breviary and read the Bible.
As I look back in my life, I saw
small steps growing closer to Jesus Christ that supported my life, education,
exercising as well as faith, hope and love.Again, I felt peace, relaxation and beauty as I sat or knelt
before our savior and these moments inspired me to listen to God, mainly
through His Word, as I continued to discern for my vocation.
I believe that if you grow in a
relationship with Jesus by visiting Eucharistic Adoration, he will only carry
your spiritual life to help your journey towards God’s love, mercy and
second event for Eucharistic Adoration took place on Steubenville, OH.
a high school student in McGregor, MN, I began to hang out with some new
friends in Virginia, MN, both with events and more TEC retreats.One summer (then) Brandon Moravitz (now
Fr. Brandon Moravitz, Pastor in Virginia) he was a youth minister, and he
invited me to go to a Steubenville retreat.Brandon and a few other adults drove us there with a long
first experience was quiet, and we stood around the altar to face Jesus’ Christ
on the altar, and we could ask intercession.
second encounter with many more young people was in a packed gymnasium in the
Franciscan University of Steubenville.This time it was not quiet, but filled with praise and worship music,
Latin, incense and more.As I
looked to Jesus, I also looked around the area and saw hundreds of students at
my age.They knelt.They prayed.They sang.
the end of this duration (two or three hours), the priest carried Jesus around
the crowd with a blessing, lifting up the monstrance with the Sign of the
Cross—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—as each person was blessed
I did not know much what was going on.What did happen was my sense of peace, encouragement and love from our
you are curious about Eucharistic Adoration, check it out in our chapel (which
is above the stairs in our gathering space).
in the day, we had Adoration 24 hours a day which is stilled called a perpetual
Adoration.Our parishioners then
signed up for an hour or more.
our Adoration chapel is opened from noon to 10:00pm.I believe that together, we can not only fill each of these
hours but even add more times for the morning and nightfall.Eventually, I know that we could once
again offer Adoration 24/7.
the Church is open, you may come right in.If you want to go after 4:00pm, please ring the doorbell
(the door facing Backus) as a parishioner will welcome you to enter a new place
in your life.