As you aware, the blessed sacrament will be exposed in Culfadda Church on Tuesday evening next at 7pm.
This is an opportunity to illustrate to our children something very special.
In the Blessed Sacrament, this comprises of the physical embodiment of our God! Christ is truly present among us in the Church at this time.
Through eucharistic adoration we can physically spend time with our Lord. Adoration truly is the perfect form of contemplation.
MODEL MENTAL PRAYER
Let the young people see you so they know how to act. Show rather than tell them what is expected. Allow yourself to sincerely pray before the Blessed Sacrament in a way that shows our youth what mental prayer looks like. Focus on Christ and nothing else.
We hope the young people will start to do the same. If they don’t, then spend time afterward explaining to them how they should act. They will have the memory of your example to recall and emulate next time.
INVITE THEM TO EMBRACE THE SILENCE
Tell them that they can certainly talk to Christ in their minds, but it is also beneficial just to sit and focus entirely on the Blessed Sacrament.
Kids do not get much opportunity for silence and sitting there before the Lord truly sanctifies. The silence is very worth while. Learning to embrace this time of peace and quietness is a worthy gift for any child. When life challenges your children, you are proving a tool of meditation and prayer which will help deal with all such difficulties…
They can use adoration time to do meditation and vocal prayer (to themselves), but silence is a unique opportunity.
ENCOURAGE THEM TO MEDITATE AND PRAY
If silence is too difficult for your young ones, give them some questions for meditation on, allow them to bring a journal to write down their thoughts, emotions, and prayers in response to this meditation.
Or invite them to practice a devotional prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. The Prayer can also help them focus their attention on Christ during adoration.
You come and go as you please. People spend a time between 7 and 8pm which is most beneficial to themselves.