My family and I have been members of Our Lady of Mercy Parish for nearly twenty years. We are so fortunate to be a part of a faith community that offers an array of opportunities for spiritual growth and development. Taking advantage of these opportunities and opening yourself to God’s plan for your life can lead to very unexpected graces, as I recently learned. I also learned that God really does work in mysterious ways when I found out that I would be a published author of a booklet on Eucharistic Adoration.
The Handy Little Guide to Adoration was truly an exercise in faith and trust. My experiences over the past few years in the Adoration Chapel had been so meaningful to me and yet I often heard people say that they didn’t visit it because they were unsure of what they should be doing in there. One day last fall as I sat in Adoration, I was struck by the thought of what so many Catholics were missing out on simply because of uncertainty. I continued my Adoration and didn’t really contemplate it more until I got home. I felt inspired to write down some thoughts and before I knew it, I had typed thousands of words. Despite a complete lack of experience or expertise, I blindly followed the nudges of the Holy Spirit, as well as the encouragement of Deacon Grant, Christy Haldane and a few others, and submitted my manuscript to a Catholic publisher. I understood that this was God’s project and the result would be whatever He willed. A couple of months later, much to my surprise, I received an email indicating that Our Sunday Visitor wanted to publish it. This 64-page booklet is currently available nation-wide through Our Sunday Visitor. This was clearly something that God wanted accomplished and I’m slowly learning that when it comes to God’s will, it’s best to stay out of His way.
The booklet gives practical suggestions of ways we can make the most out of our time in front of the Blessed Sacrament and why it’s so important to spend this one-on-one time with the Lord.
Sometimes, we have absolutely no clue where God is leading us. This experience gave me a rare opportunity to say “yes” to God while completely “walking by faith and not by sight.”
It also taught me to listen to what God is telling you to do, regardless of how ridiculous it may seem. I frequently reminded Him during this process that I had no idea what I was doing but I was sticking with Him! I am grateful that God allowed my kids to witness firsthand that when you submit to His Holy Will, you accomplish things you didn’t think were possible.
If you don’t typically visit the Adoration Chapel, I encourage you to do so. Spend some time with Jesus and be open to wherever He leads!
Michelle’s book can be purchased through Our Sunday Visitor’s website – https://www.osv.com/Shop/Product?ProductCode=T1995 or on the bookshelf in the vestibule of church.