"If you have the time to make a consistent adoration time, do it!" - says Marianne from Woodstock, IL
I wanted to share something that Marianne's comment made me remember about when I was going through my divorce discernment, and it happened as a result of going to adoration:
I was in a particularly bad place, and dealing with 5 kids ages 11 down to 6 months was taking its toll rapidly. It was Lent, just after my kids had left for an overnight with their father. I was alone in the adoration chapel, thankfully, and weeping for all the stress and sadness I was feeling. I said something very demanding like, "God, I need a Simon and a Veronica and I need them NOW!"
The next day, I received a call from my dear friend, the one who offered her home to the children and I for over two weeks while we searched for a place to live after leaving my husband. She called just to say that she had a feeling I might need an encouraging word. My Veronica.
That same week, I received a call from a potential caregiver for my child with autism. She turned out to be Catholic, a teacher's aide in the classroom next to my daughter's, and ended up being her caregiver for the past 3 years. My Simon.
I am thankful that Marianne's comment triggered that memory, and that perhaps I need to adopt a thankful attitude whenever I feel lonely, instead of a pitiful one. I can just call up a friend or family member to remind me where I was and how far I've come, and then thank them for being there through that journey. God truly gives us everything we need - and everyONE.