June 10, 2022

Serra Club Vocations Essay

Spending time in adoration helps student to ‘hear God’s words’

(Editor’s note: The Indianapolis Serra Club’s annual John D. Kelley Vocations Essay Contest ordinarily awards prizes each spring to winning essayists in grades 7-12 in the archdiocese. This week, we begin with the winning entry in the seventh grade. Please note this year there were no entries from the 11th grade.)

By Brooklyn Wurzelbacher (Special to The Criterion)

Brooklyn WurzelbacherI have put a lot of thought into the questions I have been asked. “How has spending time before the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament given direction to your life?’ and also “How has the Eucharist directed your life?’

The first thought that came to mind was adoration.

My family has gone to adoration many times before. In adoration, I feel close to Jesus. Sometimes, I even feel his presence around me.

In adoration, it is just a peaceful and quiet place. There are no distractions, just you and the Blessed Sacrament.

I also feel that having this quiet time with Jesus, I hear God’s words. I think this is how our friendship with God begins.

This quiet time helps us and others build trust and a relationship with God. When you have a deep relationship with him, you can just freely talk to him. You can ask for forgiveness, give thanks, talk to him about your problems and blessings.

He might not answer your prayers right away, but he still hears them. I believe all of these things can give you a better idea of what God’s will is for you.

I think the Eucharist has directed my life by bringing me closer to Jesus. My relationship with Jesus and the Eucharist gives me more trust in him and brings me closer to him. When I need help, I can pray to him.

Sometimes I might not get the answer I want, and sometimes I don’t like the answer, but I accept it. The Eucharist makes me want to be a better person.

Beyond just trying to grow closer to him, I want to learn more about him.

I think that the time spent before the Eucharist is very important. It helps us to connect with Jesus, especially while in adoration.

Jesus directs our life in so many ways. You just have to take time to spend with him and have faith and trust in him.

(Brooklyn and her parents, Curtis and Cindy Wurzelbacher, are members of St. Michael Parish in Brookville. She recently completed the seventh grade at St. Michael School in Brookville and is the seventh-grade division winner in the Indianapolis Serra Club’s 2022 John D. Kelley Vocations Essay Contest.)

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