I picked a time for Adoration for which no one else had committed. Suddenly, lots of folks started showing up for "my" Holy Hour, some of them not so quiet. I spoke to the nun who coordinates the schedule for the chapel and asked what other times are not covered. 10pm was available, so she agreed to let me switch. Well, guess what? The folks who were coming earlier are now coming later, with me.
Last week, one of the gentleman sat sideways in the pew directly in front of me, so I could not look at the monstrance without seeing this man's face. And then, he turned around and started talking to me. I was ready to scream.
If you want me to cry "uncle" Dear Lord, I am!
Maybe this is God's way of telling me I deserve Purgatory, but in His Mercy, He's letting me have it now.
I had the chapel to myself last night, except for a couple who stopped in briefly and were very quiet. What a lovely thing for a couple to do together late on a Friday evening, stop in for a few quiet moments of adoration together.
There is no quiet in my house. I am married to a drummer, for one thing, and for another, he is one of those people who must always have music or television in the background. And because of that Y chromosome he was endowed with, whatever he listens to or watches must be turned up to 96 decibels. Sometimes, I go upstairs to pray because it's not always feasible to get to a chapel, and it's impossible to escape the noise. I plead for silence, and no matter where I go, I can't go any.
Lately, Mr. Little Way has taken to a particularly grating habit of practicing on his drum pad (which is like listening to water drip very quickly and repeatedly) WHILE he watches the auto auction on the Speed Channel. Can you imagine having to listen simultaneously to an auctioneer's voice AND water dripping?
I tell you, God is doing everything in His Power to get me to Heaven, making sure I do my time in Purgatory while still on earth.
That's why it's so wonderful when I can have the chapel either to myself or be able to share it with like-minded people who can observe the rule of silence when in the Divine Presence.