“Does anyone know a solidly Catholic parish, preferably with adoration chapel, in the Woodlands TX area?”
Finding an adoration chapel in the city of his new company was a key factor in choosing his new home. His previous employer in Colorado fired him and his broken ego needed healing.
“Friends of mine who were stunned by my firing just fed my ego, telling me the executives were jealous of me,” Oancia said. “The best thing for me was going to holy hour, getting in front of the Blessed Sacrament, which was just down the road from my house [in Colorado]. I had to do it again and again, and say ‘I forgive them’—but it took a long time of persistently doing that.”
Oancia’s ego healed after repeatedly opening his heart to God. He wanted to keep it open in adoration as he moved his family to a new home hundreds of miles away. This Sunday’s mass readings will give him and anyone requiring frequent ego-healing some ready medicine. In the first reading, Sirach (SIR 3:17-18, 20, 28-29) talks to us like we’re a child on his knee:
My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God. What is too sublime for you, seek not, into things beyond your strength search not. The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs, and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise.
That’s what Oancia and anyone will find in their church’s Adoration Chapel. God’s ear. And as Sunday’s second reading from the Epistle to the Hebrews tells us (HEB 12:18-19, 22-24A), our Father wants us to come to Him without fear.
Brothers and sisters: You have not approached … a blazing fire and gloomy darkness and storm and a trumpet blast and a voice speaking words such that those who heard begged that no message be further addressed to them. No, you have approached Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and countless angels in festal gathering, and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven, and God the judge of all, and the spirits of the just made perfect, and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant.
Through Jesus, we have a CEO who knows what it’s like to work at the ground floor. He gave his life to that job, and he wants to coach us to rise in his organization. His corner office is always open to us. You can enter via any adoration chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. You can kneel, you can bow, you can lie face-down on the floor, or just sit in a chair. Just let your humility speak. Sunday’s Gospel reading from Luke (LK 14:1, 7-14) offers a primer for learning that body language:
When you are invited, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’ Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table. For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.
You’re invited. There’s an opening in any adoration chapel, right in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Availability is 24/7. The meeting starts in your heart.
–Tom Andel, Brothers in Christ of St. Michael
ED. NOTE: The Brothers in Christ of St. Michael Church, Independence, OH, thought Mr. Oancia’s story was worth exploring further, if only to inspire similar passion among parishioners of any church hoping to connect with God for healing—or just to connect. The following link will take you to an audio recording of a conversation we had with him about what makes adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament so important to a CEO. We discuss his faith formation, his crisis of faith, and how regular meetings with the Almighty in his local adoration chapel saved him. Please visit: http://bit.ly/2zqe65L