|August 10, 2015 • VOL. 53, NO. 14 • Oakland, CA|
| Adoration gives people a time to contemplate God
Come closer to Jesus, Father Brandon Macadaeg invites.
But, says Father Macadaeg, Eucharistic Devotion just may be "the best kept secret in the diocese."
He'd like to help change that.
As the group's spiritual director, he'd like to "bring back a great love for the Eucharist."
It's already a part of his own spirituality. Father Macadaeg devotes a daily hour to prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
"I can't think of a better place to pray," he said. During his time of formation for the priesthood, he found "consolation and joy in answering the call."
He credits Eucharistic devotion to "bringing me to where I am today."
Eucharistic adoration, he said, "changes lives, changes hearts. People come to know God's presence. "We have a God who is not far away," he said. "We have a God who is here."
More than 300 people had the opportunity to get to do just that at a July 18 encounter at Holy Spirit, which included Mass, reflection, adoration and fellowship. With the church undergoing renovation, the event was held in the gym.
People of all ages attended, he said, with praise and worship music enhancing the event.
"We really raised the roof," Father Macadaeg said. "They were singing their hearts out."
Two hundred people signed up for CEDDO membership, for which, Father Macadaeg points out, there are no dues. Prayers for the intentions of fellow members, vocations, the diocese and the poor are offered.
More encounters are planned throughout the year throughout the diocese.
He said he would also like to bring Eucharistic adoration "to the troubled spots in our diocese."
Father Macadaeg, who is 28, is especially interested in bringing Eucharistic adoration to young people.
"We're searching for things that are noble and true and beautiful," he said of the Millennial generation. "We want things that are authentic."
Bombarded by the technology and busyness of their lives, "Where do we have the time to just stop and contemplate who God is?
Eucharistic adoration "invites a silence in our hearts, allowing us to hear God and get direction in our lives."
CEDDO members — and those interested in learning more about the confraternity — are invited to the 10 a.m. Aug. 16 Mass to be celebrated at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.
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