The Eucharist allows me to feel a physical closeness to Jesus in the most intimate way possible. It is healing and makes me feel whole. Before converting to Catholicism, I did not experience this feeling of intimacy and completeness in worship.
I was raised Protestant, but my husband and I agreed to raise our kids in the Roman Catholic Church. With no intention of converting, I attended RCIA so I could be supportive of my family. Initially, I could not accept the concept of transubstantiation. After multiple conversations with a priest, prayer, and reflection on miracles, I finally accepted this belief into my heart. The first time I received the Eucharist, I could feel a change in my body, both a physical and emotional response which moved me to tears. I knew immediately that I was truly experiencing the presence of Jesus. The closest image I can use to describe it is a child, snuggled up to their father, protected and unconditionally loved.
Holy Communion is grounding. Being that close to Jesus reminds me that the purpose of living is to follow him. I am a sinner, but when I receive Holy Communion, I feel God’s forgiveness and love. That feeling motivates me to live a Christian life.
Adoration reminds me of the miracle of Jesus’s physical presence in our midst. In quiet prayer, I am reminded that all things are possible with God. Although God is everywhere and can always hear our prayers, praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament makes me feel more ‘heard.’
Experience it for Yourself
Jesus is truly present. Jesus is always with you. Sit in his presence and open yourself up to his voice.