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In the Presence: The Spirituality of Eucharistic Adoration Paperback – February 14, 2010
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The book can be a boon to people who regularly practice adoration giving them a solid theological grounding in the practice. While it is not a devotional manual, nevertheless, many a paragraph can be used as a prayer starter during adoration. Students will find it to be a good primer on the subject and the bibliography can lead them to many other sources to deepen their knowledge. Clergy and professional pastoral personnel who were educated in the years between 1970 and 1990, when eucharistic adoration was strongly criticized and discouraged, will benefit from this book. Many find their parishioners requesting the practice and CCD students and RCIA candidates need to be properly instructed on it; this book can be a real answer to a prayer. Finally, non-Catholics can find a comprehensive and accessible explanation of this very Roman Catholic practice.
Our noisy, frenetic culture has almost no time or space for contemplation these days. Eucharistic adoration can provide that and lead to the development of a genuine contemplative prayer life for both clergy and laity - to the good of all.
Pope Benedict XVI points out that "Adoration outside Mass prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the liturgical celebration itself....and strengthens the social mission contained in the Eucharist..." "Far from being a privatized, ethereal devotion....Adoration must surely give rise to the service of neighbor..."
Throughout this book we are reminded that "adoration must be anchored in the spirit of the paschal mystery to link it with the celebration" of Eucharist, and the revised ritual for exposition reinforces this principle. Adoration both flows from and prepares for Communion. Through this form of contemplative prayer, "we learn to gaze lovingly and be gazed upon. God looks on us with mercy and gentle kindness. To adore means to raise a `hymn of silence' to God." Sr. Lenora Black, OSB.
She brings us the unfolding history of Adoration, and explains changes that have been made through the centuries. She quotes from Church documents, scripture and writings of recent Popes.
Sister makes it interesting and you sense the love she carries for her Lord. She invites the reader to draw closer to His Presence -- but not to stop there! His love is meant to flow through us to others as we leave the Adoration Chapel and return to our own corner of the world!
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This author, S. Joan, has some solid research about this topic. I commend her for it and thank her... Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Sr Patricia Ann Toscano
Beautifully written and focused. Perfect to read for short periods during adoration. You can pick it up and put it down as the Spirit calls you.Published on March 21, 2013 by W. Merkel