This might come across as a little poorly phrased, but is it possible to become too dependent on adoration? I was recently talking to people about the traditions of the Eastern Rites (something I am rather interested in) and when I mention that a lot of Eastern Catholic Churches don’t have adoration like in the Roman form, people freak out.
I’ve gotten everything from “I can’t live without adoration” to “adoration would boost vocations in the Eastern Rite.” Granted, we all agree that the Eucharist is the real presence, but is it possible to become too overly dependent on adoration to the fact where we think we don’t need the Mass. I feel that the most profound place we encounter Jesus is at the Mass, and that should be where we have deep experiences with the Lord. Yes, adoration is a nice sacramental we have but is it possible we’ve become too dependent on it to the fact where people put all their energy in prayer there versus the Mass.
Granted a lot of people who I have spoken to about this are charismatics (and the charismatic movement is very devoted on adoration), but I just want some other thought or even Eastern Catholic insight. Are we in the Roman Rite too dependent on adoration?
Personally, I don’t get much from adoration, but I’m curious if we in the West have pushed people too hard to make their deep, spiritual moments happen in adoration rather than in the Mass.
Again, I am trying to better my thoughts on adoration. I don’t mean to come across as critical.