A few weeks ago, the Catholic Campus Ministry held an all-night adoration service in preparation for Holy Week. I was only able to stay for the first hour since my friend Emily and I were walking a 3K for a fundraiser at our high school the next morning, but it was still a great way to prepare my heart and mind for the events of Holy Week.
Father Vaccaro, the CCM’s chaplain, spoke briefly during praise and worship about silence. We can build an intimate relationship with God if we make time to go to adoration and be with Him. However, time is not easy to give up, especially as an adult. Sometimes I feel like I need to add time with God to my schedule, which isn’t a good thing. God isn’t someone I should have to write into my schedule like it’s a rehearsal, meeting, or special event!
Silence is something very hard for me to reach. My mind is constantly buzzing with new choreography ideas, organizing my schedule, and trying to complete assignments. I’m always surrounded by noise of some kind, whether it be music from Spotify streaming from my speaker, the noises outside my window from the Vocelli’s Pizza delivery guys riding around campus on their bikes with cart attachments, conversations floating down the hall from my hallmates, etc. When I went to adoration tonight at St. Mary’s down the street from campus, I was surrounded by silence.
When I went to adoration tonight at St. Mary’s down the street from campus, I was surrounded by silence. It was amazing. The silence allowed me to stop, take a breath, and focus on prayer for a little while. Father Vaccaro said that silence allows us to calm our racing hearts and minds and focus on God.
With the end of the school year quickly approaching and finals beginning next week (AHH), I am bound to be stressed. I think I have had a good semester academically (with a few hiccups at a couple spots). Next week is going to be packed with writing papers, submitting assignments, and studying for exams but if I take a few moments to sit in silence, I think I’m going to be fine.