The Monstrance 2 Stories
Before I can tell this story, I must first
explain a few things in order for non-Catholic Christians to understand the
setting of the stories.
Catholics believe that as the communion host and
wine are blessed by the priest that our Lord Jesus literally becomes part of the
Eucharist (host and wine), just as Jesus told his disciples in 1 Corinthians
"This is my body, which is for you; do this as
a memorial of me ... This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you
drink it, do this as a memorial of me." St Paul continued, "Until the Lord
comes, therefore, every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are
proclaiming His death, and so anyone who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the
Lord unworthily will be behaving unworthily towards the body and blood of the
Lord. Everyone is to recollect himself before eating this bread and drinking
this cup; because a person who eats and drinks without recognizing the Body [of
the Lord] is eating and drinking his own condemnation."
This is why during the Catholic Mass a person
must be Catholic in order to receive communion, so that anyone taking the
Eucharist truly understands the importance of their actions. It's also why we
kneel before Mass to properly prepare our hearts to receive Christ in the
Eucharist. I tell you this in order to explain Adoration, the context in which
my two God stories take place.
Because we revere Christ in the Eucharist, some
Catholic parishes have an Adoration Chapel, where the blessed host (a larger
version of the smaller wafers) is "exposed" to all who come to worship Him. If
no one is in the chapel, the monstrance is covered and the chapel lights are
turned out, though the candles are always lit. The photo above is the altar from
our small Adoration Chapel. In the center is the monstrance, which is a gold
receptacle for the sacred host. The host is located in the circle below the
cross and in the center of the halo of light (probably looks more like a sun
burst to you).
I spend one hour every Thursday morning in the
chapel. We have almost every hour of every day, except Sunday, with someone in
the chapel 24/6. We try to ensure that He is never there alone. It's quite a
worship experience, just spending a quiet hour alone with Jesus.
Many adorers have shared stories of unusual
happenings during their hour with Jesus. When I first started, I figured it
wouldn't be much different than my daily awesome experiences that I call God
stories. I'm always in awe of the events but seldom am I stunned after so many
years of God letting me know He's with me. The two events in these stories were
down right eerie, when they happened to me several weeks apart.
There are many different religious and spiritual reading material in the chapel,
since everyone gets close to Jesus in many different ways. Though I generally
say my full-length daily prayers (I have an abbreviated version for most busy
weekdays), or I just meditate with Jesus for the hour. Several times, totally
alone in the chapel, I even have sung the entire Divine Mercy chaplet to our
After I had been doing my weekly Adoration hour for a few months, I was led to
look at a booklet in the chapel. It was the "Miracle Hour", by Linda Schubert, a
method of prayer broke into 12 five-minute sections to equal the hour. Those
sections are: praise, sing to the Lord, spiritual warfare, surrender, release of
the Holy Spirit, repentance, forgiveness, scripture reflections, wait for the
Lord to speak, intercessions, petitions, and thanksgiving.
As I read this little booklet that
was chocked full of valuable and inspirational information, I became more and
more sure that the Lord was prompting me to take this prayer structure for my
daily prayers that were already 45 minutes long. So, I stopped reading and
asked, "Jesus, is this what you want me to do?"
Almost immediately, the monstrance
began to vibrate and make noise. This was quite eerie. Of all the weeks I had
been doing this hour, it had never vibrated! I slowly put down the booklet and
quietly approached the monstrance. It continued to vibrate and make a ringing
noise, until I leaned forward with my nose almost touching the host case. Then,
it stopped, though I hadn't moved my feet. As I moved back, it began vibrating
and making that ringing noise. Again, it stopped as I placed my face almost in
I moved back, and said, "Okay,
Lord. I'll make this my new prayer structure." It didn't vibrate again during
that hour. I took my current prayers and put them into the new structure, once I
got home. I guess the Lord Jesus wanted to ensure I understood His answer!
A few weeks after the first incidence with the monstrance, I was meditating with
the Lord in the chapel again during my weekly hour with Jesus. A man had stopped
in for a few minutes of prayer nothing unusual, since many different people
occasionally stop in, just for a few minutes with God. After he left, I stopped
my meditation and began looking at the reading material. I discovered a Mass
song book, and smiled. I had been wanting some ideas for songs to add to this
web site. I took it back to my seat and began going through the book, making
notes of some song ideas (I always carry a tiny notepad and pens in my purse
just in case the Lord decides to give me some inspiration during my hour).
After a few minutes, the
monstrance began to vibrate and make that same ringing noise. I got up and
approached it as I did the first time, not understanding why it would be
vibrating I hadn't been praying for any guidance. Placing my face close this
time didn't stop the vibration. The only way I was able to stop it was to
solidly put both my hands on the base of it and press down as hard as I could
with all my strength. As soon as I let go, it started again. I finally returned
to my seat and just stared at it for a minute or so. I finally gave up and went
back to noting songs, while it continued to ring. Eventually, the ringing grew
Then, it hit me. I had forgotten
my watch and there's no clock in the chapel. I had asked Jesus, after I first
entered the chapel, to let me know some way when my hour was up. I knew the
scheduled adorer after me was on vacation and hadn't been able to get anyone to
substitute. I thought, "Could this be Jesus telling me it's noon?" Sure enough,
I left the chapel and my car clock read 12:08, which coincided with the
approximate amount of time from when the monstrance began vibrating. I totally
smiled all the way home!
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