We know that spending an hour with Jesus in perpetual adoration is certainly good for our souls and minds.
Do you ever wonder how you can make the most out of that small time with Jesus?
There is no single, specific approach to make a good holy hour. Some people prefer to say a rosary or read Scripture, some like to write in a journal, and some just enjoy sitting in the peace that comes in adoration.
However, in an age where we are constantly glued to our phones and instant communication is constant, it’s easy to spend our entire holy hour thinking about everything we have to do at school or work, all the texts we need to respond to, and more.
If you struggle to make a good holy hour devoted to God, Mike Aquilina and Regis J. Flaherty provide some tips in their book The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions.
Aquilina and Flaherty suggest that you divide your hour into four fifteen-minute segments. Your first fifteen minutes can be spent in meditation. Meditate on Jesus and His presence before you.
The next fifteen minutes can be spent in thanksgiving. Thank God for all that He has bestowed upon you, especially through the sacraments.
In the third segment, you can recite prayers of petition. Pray that God’s will be done for all as you make your requests known to Him. Pray for the needs of yourself, your friends and family, and the Church. You can also pray for the sick, the poor, and the lonely.
Finally, you can use your last fifteen minutes in adoration. Reflect on the areas in your spiritual life where you can improve and express sorrow for your sins.
Most of all, as Mike Aquilina and Regis J. Flaherty emphasize, the most important part of a holy hour is to listen throughout your time with Jesus and to allow Him to speak to your heart.
For more tips on growing in your spiritual life through devotions, check out Mike Aquilina and Regis J. Flaherty’s The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions, sold here.