Seminarian Caleb Scherzinger
Seminary, Class: St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, 3rd Theology
Home Parish: St. Isidore the Farmer Parish, Celestine
Birthday: Nov. 21
In recent years, I have grown to have a close devotion to Eucharistic Adoration. When I first experienced Eucharistic Adoration, it was hard for me. I felt that this difficulty came from my time discerning in college.
During college, I would go to Adoration with some friends. During Adoration, I struggled with sitting in front of Christ in the Eucharist. I feel that I struggled with this because I was struggling to understand my vocational call. During Adoration, it felt as though God was yelling at me to come and follow him. Though I was scared at the time, there was a lot of uncertainty with my call to the priesthood.
Though after answering God’s call for me to enter the seminary, I now feel an overwhelming amount of peace when I go to Adoration. My prayer life is now at the point where if I do not spend time with Christ in the Eucharist regularly, something is missing in my life.
As I reflect on my spiritual progression in Eucharistic Adoration, I have found great comfort in knowing of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist. I have found growth in my relationship with Christ. Knowing that my love for him is growing, I know I need to be with him regularly.
I find that the belief in the true presence of Christ’s body in the Eucharist and the love of God creates a longing in my life for the peace, hope and love that only God can bring. In this longing, I want to spend as much time as possible with Him, like a couple whose love is so deep that they do not need to share words, but merely being together quietly is enough. No words need to be shared to know the love for one another.
I feel a similar way in Adoration. I do not need to ask God things, but merely being in silence with him in Adoration deepens my love for Him.