I left my very first Eucharistic Adoration just over two hours ago, and here's the story of my experience:
It's easy to ride on a bicycle anywhere you need to go in the small town where I live. In fact my high school is just a mile and a half away from my parish. So, I brought my bike to school this morning, planning on riding it to the chapel after school. However even after my wonderful school day, I stepped outside of my school and into a cloud of smoke. Smoke that blew in from California, and settled thickly over my little city. Knowing that the bike was my only way home, I loaded up and began my normally routine treck to the church. Not halfway through my route I couldn't stand the feeling of soreness in my throat or the dryness in my lungs. I didn't have water, and I almost didn't make it to the chapel.
I veiled up confidently and entered the chapel, but my confidence shattered at the moment that my coughing and the creaking of the ancient pews shattered the sacred silence. Throughout the 45 minutes I was there, I couldn't catch a full breath. My lungs kept burning, my throat remained dry. I felt so lightheaded, and my every other word got lost in the void. I struggled to pray the Divine Mercy, a chaplet I know by heart. It was so frustrating and so embarrassing to me in the moment, and I found myself apologizing to the Blessed Sacrament for all of the noise and the disfocus... I barely made the 3 mile ride home after stopping by the local cafe for a much needed cup of water.
I certainly wouldn't say that my first Adoration experience was a ruin or a loss. I would say that every minute I spent in the chapel was more than priceless. I didn't want to leave the Eucharist, but I knew that I had to before 1) the smoke settled and 2) the people around me became distracted by my coughing.
I'll offer up this suffering for the souls in Purgatory, and I'll remember to share this story in the future as a comedic experience.
What was your first Adoration like? I'm sure it went smoother than my own! 😂
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