Internal Adoration

October 13, 2016

Let’s talk about what I mean by Internal Adoration. Just picture for a moment your favorite monstrance (for those unfamiliar with this, a monstrance is a sacred vessel that holds within it the sacred host of our Eucharistic Jesus for the purpose of adoring Him). So, you’re imagining your favorite monstrance, golden, shining, beautiful, or maybe yours is more simple—smaller, silver and plain.

Now picture that favorite monstrance, containing our Eucharistic Jesus, on an altar in the heart of your soul.

Now imagine yourself before that internal Eucharistic monstrance, and there it is—your very own Eucharistic chapel in the tabernacle of your heart. You can go there and pray there for as long as you want, whenever you want. It’s your chapel of Internal Adoration.

But is it just imaginary? Not entirely. While it’s true that you don’t have the physical presence of Jesus in the Eucharist in the tabernacle of your soul, it’s also true that you do have the real and true spiritual presence of Jesus in the tabernacle of your soul. He is there—present, loving, and waiting for you.

I believe picturing our Eucharistic Jesus in our hearts (being aware of the difference between His spiritual presence and His physical Eucharistic presence), can nonetheless help incorporate a beautiful spiritual practice that we’ve seen many of the saints utilize: having your Heaven on earth by going to Jesus inside your soul in grace and adoring Him there.

One thing’s clear: wherever Jesus is, He should be adored and loved. And Jesus is in the innermost tabernacle of your soul.

This post is an excerpt from Jesus in You by Mark Miravalle.

Dr. Mark Miravalle

Dr. Mark Miravalle is a husband, permanent deacon, and father of eight. He has been teaching at the Franciscan University of Steubenville since 1986. He runs the Marian site more...