Solitude as I envisioned it hasn’t quite worked out- at least not yet. We still have our closing meeting for Good News People, which we have been hosting on Sunday nights for the past couple of months. We still have paper work to file before I can officially step down as Financial Secretary for our Knights of Columbus council. After five softball practices in the past week, our next eight Tuesdays nights will be dedicated to the Homeschool Softball League. Lilly begins First Communion prep after Easter and that will last until her big day on May 18th. Not to mention the increasing list of projects I desire (in order to keep my wife happy) to get started in and around the house. My job which is the fund raiser for all this fun has also been hectic with a wave of repair and custom projects.
While this may not sound like a particularly daunting schedule, we haven’t had the break we thought we were called to seek out at the start of the year. While I thought we were being called to make time for solitude this year, perhaps we were simply being reminded to be sure and take time for solitude.
It’s Holy Week and I equate that to Super Bowl week for the Church. At first glance it doesn’t look favorable for finding an opportunity for solitude. In addition to the list of weekly commitments we have Faith Formation on Wednesday, the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday, Celebration of the Passion on Friday and the Easter Vigil on Saturday night. Then after our traditional Easter egg scavenger hunt Sunday morning we’ll be off to celebrate the day with our families. Fortunately, our parish provides a great opportunity to make, or take, time for solitude with Eucharistic Adoration from the end of Mass Thursday night until the celebration on Friday night.
As I prayed for faith in the presence of the Eucharist, God planted firmly on my heart the words from Matthew’s Gospel as though it was His voice speaking clearly to me,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Mt. 3:17
That was four years ago at my first time attending Adoration in the early morning hours on Good Friday. Since then I have heard many other people share their own personal encounter with Jesus in Adoration. If you have never attended Eucharistic Adoration I invite you to visit All Saints this Friday. Throughout the year there are parishes in and around Des Moines who offer regularly scheduled Adoration, while St. Augustine has a perpetual Adoration Chapel. Whether you are a firm believer in the real presence, a skeptic like me at the time of my experience, or no faith at all, I can’t imagine being unaffected when you enter the sacred space.
If Adoration isn’t what you’re called to do this week, I hope you’ll join in me making and/or taking time for solitude to ponder Christ’s Passion.