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St. Thomas More Parish celebrates 25 years of Perpetual Adoration
Story and photo by Father David Kruse, for the Inland Register
(From the October 15, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)
St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane, celebrates 25 years of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration on Saturday, Nov. 7. (IR photo)
For the past few months, Iíve served as parochial vicar at St. Thomas More Parish in Spokane. During that time, Iíve experienced the power and beauty of one the greatest treasures of our parish community: our perpetual adoration chapel. Iíve witnessed people from all walks of life, young and old, pay homage to our Eucharistic Lord. They come day and night, silently praying, sometimes dosing, but always receiving the gift of the Lordís companionship, love, and mercy.
This year marks 25 years of perpetual adoration at St. Thomas More. Weíre one of the few if not the only parish in the United States that can make such a claim. How truly blessed we are!
People come to our chapel to adore the Lord for different reasons. For me, our adoration chapel serves as a spiritual man cave. Itís a place of refuge, equipped with everything I need, allowing me to let down my guard, relax, and enjoy the presence of my greatest friend. In an atmosphere of quiet and calm, this sacred space provides a welcomed break from the incessant noise and distractions of the outside world. In essence, Eucharistic Adoration offers me the opportunity to encounter the same Jesus who said: ďCome to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you restĒ (Mt. 11:28).
During my Eucharistic visits, I usually pray. Sometimes I read. Sometimes I just sit and bask. No matter how I choose to spend time in the presence of our Lord, I always leave feeling spiritually refreshed and reinvigorated. After all, Jesus left us the great gift of his Sacrament of Love for our spiritual nourishment. Through his humble presence in the Eucharist, Jesus strengthens, sanctifies, and reassures us. He always remains by our side during lifeís pilgrimage as we journey to our eternal home Ė the house of our Father in heaven.
Jesus deeply desires our friendship. He yearns for our love. He takes delight in those who want to sit beside him and listen to his voice. Like Mary in the Gospels, we too can recline at the Lordís feet and soak in his loving presence. Besides, isnít this is the reason for the Incarnation? God became man to make himself available to us and to offer his personal friendship. In a powerful way, he proves his unconditional love by remaining physically present in all the tabernacles of the world for all time.
I encourage everyone to come close to Jesus through Eucharistic Adoration. The heart of our Lord forever remains on fire for love of us. He waits for us and desires to share the warmth of his love with us.
All we have to do is show up.
I invite everyone to join our parish community on Saturday, Nov. 7, when we will commemorate our 25th anniversary of Perpetual Adoration at St. Thomas More. Weíve scheduled a day of prayer, talks, and events honoring our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. We also have the privilege of presenting a special Vatican exhibit, showcasing Eucharistic miracles from around the world. The day will culminate in the celebration of Mass with Bishop Daly at 4:30 p.m.
For more information please see our website at www.thomasmorespokane.org or call our parish office at (509) 466-3811.
I hope to see you there! God bless and keep you!
(St. Thomas More Parish is located at 515 W. St. Thomas More Way in Spokane.)
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