“Let me look at you!”
People use this phrase when they simply want to take in another’s appearance, either because they have not seen this person for a long time or the person has gotten all dressed up for a special occasion. In either case, the desire is to look upon the beauty of another person. In our Catholic Tradition, we have a practice that enables us to “look upon” the beauty of God. We call this practice Eucharistic Adoration, a devotion in which we spend time in silence—usually either sitting or kneeling—before the Blessed Sacrament that is exposed in a beautiful vessel called a monstrance. During this time, we meditate or gaze upon God’s beauty, which is revealed through God’s words and actions—a beauty that is characterized by mercy, compassion, forgiveness, selflessness, justice, steadfastness, and a million other adjectives that can be used to describe God’s “face.” In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore the practice of Eucharistic Adoration.
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