Many priests experience, at some point in their interior life, the call to focus on adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. They sense, in some way, that Our Lord is asking them to spend more time in His sacramental presence, to linger in the radiance of His Eucharistic Face and, even, to console His Eucharistic Heart. Some priests, including those engaged in demanding pastoral work, may even, paradoxically, hear within their souls a gentle but persistent call to perpetual adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
In The Priest in Union With Christ, Father Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. writes:
Every follower of Christ — but especially His priests ‚– are invited to worship Him in the Eucharist, but there are some who receive a special vocation to this devotion — the Eucharistic vocation. “Nobody can come to Me without being attracted towards Me by the Father who sent Me” (John 6, 44). And the Father attracts everyone to salvation but not necessarily along the same path.
What is this Eucharistic vocation, in the opinion of Saint Peter Julien Eymard? It is a special attraction of grace, gentle but compelling — as if Christ were saying to the soul: Come to my sanctuary. Provided no resistance is offered, this attraction gradually becomes supreme.
The faithful soul responding to this invitation finds peace, as though it had discovered at long last its natural home and spiritual food: “I have found my resting place.” Books and conferences no longer give the help required; this can only be found in more intense prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
The priest who senses this particular call to adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament may also, at the same time, have difficulty responding to it in the midst of other demands on his time and energy. Even after having discerned what Father Garrigou-Lagrange calls the Eucharistic vocation, he may find himself solicited on all sides by pastoral, administrative, and social obligations. He may find himself disorganized and overwhelmed by all that he has to do. He may even allow days to go by without making the changes that will allow him to consecrate more time to adoration.
I would suggest that, before doing anything else, he go before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and make a very simple prayer along these lines: “Lord Jesus, I want to adore Thee more. I desire to adore Thee always. I beg Thee to teach me how best to order my day.” This is the sort of prayer that Our Lord is pleased to answer. It is the sort of prayer that can open the soul to the graces necessary to pass from preoccupation with “many things” to peace and joy in the choice of The One Thing Necessary.
The following words from In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest, may also prove helpful:
Adore me always and in all places
by a simple movement of your heart.
Consider that wherever you are, I see you
and know your heart’s desire.
Desire to adore me always,
and know that I accept that desire of yours with great delight.
Come to me as frequently as you can.
Use every opportunity to come before me in the Sacrament of my Love.
There is no need to calculate the length of time
you give me in the course of a day.
If your heart is always in a state of adoration,
you will find your way to my tabernacle frequently
and you will abide in my presence willingly and gratefully.
Allow me to lead you and instruct you
in the life of adoration to which I have called you.
The Holy Spirit will be your infallible guide
and the teacher of your adoration.