As we celebrate today the feast of St. Alphonsus de Ligouri, Bishop and Doctor of the Church and founder of the Redemptorist Order, I thank God for the love that St. Alphonsus have poured out to Jesus Christ through the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament of which he drew strength to perform his daily activities in the proclamation of the love of God.
The parish have also sailed through the attempt to revive the devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, we fondly called Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration that was been popular on the Diocese during the 80's but lost momentum since the 90's and onward. Some people are keeping asking me to revive it. However, this devotional practice needs a well coordinated efforts and continual reminders. I remember, during my diaconate when I was assigned in St. Isidore parish of Calauan, I cannot remember the exact date but surely it was between 1992 to 1993. i was been instructed by the Bishop then Pedro N. Bantigue to look for people to devote one hour vigil 24 hours a day every week. It was been a very challenging job as the newly assigned deacon on the place without knowing anybody. Thanks God that during those times I was able to gathered individuals for the said vigil. Now, adoration to the Holy Eucharist is no longer to be called perpetual because people might have time to spent one hour vigil with the Lord for the same time but not continuously during the whole day. The parish program in only a twelve hour program every Thursday. And I was proud to proclaim it that we lasted for one month already.
We are encouraging each and everyone to spent a moment with the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in the Altar, to be with Jesus and only for Jesus. Talk to him in the recesses of your heart. Intensely listen to Him even in the midst of deep silence.