by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann
The following are my top ten reasons why every member of the Archdiocese should participate on Sunday, May 25, in the afternoon of eucharistic adoration and the praying of the Global Living Rosary for peace:
10. See the renovated Kauffman Stadium and the world’s largest JumboTron for free.
9. Enjoy a concert of beautiful and inspirational music.
8. Experience the thrill and the power of joining with thousands of other Catholics in prayer.
7. On Memorial Day weekend, honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom by praying for our nation and for peace in the world.
6. The Lord has told us that he cannot resist the prayer of two or three gathered in his name. While united with thousands of other believers in prayer, take advantage of the opportunity to intercede with the Lord for the special intentions of your family, your friends and your own needs.
5. Join with thousands of others to give a powerful public witness to the Kansas City metro area, the northeastern Kansas region and the northwestern Missouri region of our love for Jesus and the gift of our Catholic faith.
4. Strengthen the bonds of faith and love in your family by spending an afternoon together with Jesus and his mother, Mary.
3. Discover one of the sources that gave Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa and so many other holy men and women inspiration and energy to live heroic lives of love by contemplating the face of Jesus with Mary through the praying of the rosary.
2. Pray for peace in our world as Mary has requested and experience the peace that inevitably comes when we allow Mary to draw us closer to her Son.
1. On the feast of Corpus Christi, adore and worship Jesus as he makes himself present and so available to us in the Eucharist.
The probable positive impact on the play of our Royals did not even make the top ten. I cannot imagine that thousands praying on the home field for the Royals will not elevate their game! I am certain you can think of even better reasons than the ones I have listed.
The bottom line is: Jesus makes himself present to us through the Eucharist each week and every day. How can we fail to give Jesus this time on this special day when the church encourages us to express our gratitude for his real presence in the sacrament of his body and blood?