From the chaos of the world you sneak into the chapel. The world is outside, clamoring for attention, but with Jesus you can rest without worry or fear. It is the place of encounter with everlasting Love Himself and He rejoices at your arrival.
At each moment, Jesus is present in the tabernacle expressly for you. He thirsts for you, as Mother Teresa said so often, He longs to spend time with you.
So steal a few moments from the day and be with Jesus.
“The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth.” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta
The day I took the photo for this painting was a fun church tour day. This was the last church, hidden away in the tiny town of Hampshire, IL – St. Charles Borromeo church.
This was the stop I planned to do my holy hour because they had an perpetual adoration. I parked – alone in the parking lot, and really hoped the website was right and there was adoration in the church because I didn’t see any signs for the adoration chapel.
The church was silent and dark, no one was inside. I was a little bummed, but these things happen. I wandered around the beautiful church, drew, then started the holy hour.
Some dude walked across the sanctuary and into a side door, and I was like, that was weird. Probably the sacristan. Finally it was time to go, I really needed to get home and start the work day.
I get into my car, and as I’m putting the key in the ignition, what do I see but a sign, right in front of my car, plain as day, saying “adoration chapel” with an arrow point away from the main doors.
Seriously, it was like the most obvious thing. And what’s more, that guy walking across the church to the side door made a lot more sense – that was the direction of the chapel.
Chuckling because that’s just the way Jesus jokes around with me, I stole a moment and went into the chapel despite how late it was.
And it took my breath away.
You might notice, but this is the same monstrance as the “Divine Praises” painting and the one I have chosen for my business card. It’s the first monstrance I finished painting, the first major painting I chose for this shop.
It was a moment out of time when Jesus said, come away with me for a while. Remember where you started and how you have grown.