World Eucharistic Adoration Healing Ministry
WORLD EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HEALING MINISTRY- WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
What does World Eucharistic Adoration Healing Ministry mean? This is the ministry that calls on all and sundry, believers and non believers, Catholics and non-Catholics to bring all of their problems, worries, anxieties, joys, sorrows, failures and successes to the Blessed Lord who is Really Present in the Holy Eucharist and share all of our stories with Him mingled with our adoration of his divinity in the Holy Eucharist and recognition of his supremacy as the Savior of the World.
The ministry consists of conducting public exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for communal adoration and healing ministrations in parishes on invitation from any part of the world. Secondly, it consists of giving prayers to individuals on request for a particular purpose (s). Such prayers must include frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament, exposed or unexposed. Thirdly, it consists also of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on a daily or weekly basis depending on the availability of the individuals regardless of whether we have problems or not.
Depending on individual cases, the priest may add some, all or any of the following namely: Rosary recitation before the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of some psalms as prescribed by the priest, any kind of novena prayers prescribed by the priest to be done before the Blessed Sacrament, any kind of mortification or self denial chosen by the individual and reception of the sacrament of reconciliation as prescribed by the priest. The prayers may last for a specified number of days, weeks, or months depending on individual cases.
The above outlined prayers are the spiritual tablets and medications with which the priest confronts the problems of God’s people. It is not the priest who heals the problems of God’s people. His essential duty is to create a forum for God and his people to dialogue, discuss issues, problems, etc. that overwhelm God’s people. When the people bring their complaints to the priest and the priest gives them prayers to do, the priest is simply creating an opportunity for God’s people to tender their issues to God and for God to intervene in the problems that his children brought to Him.
Some priests would say, “I am not a healer,” and having said so, they proceed to chase the people of God away from them without attending to their problems. No one is a healer save God alone. But it is the duty of a priest to direct God’s people to Him. It is their duty to reassure them that they have a God who never fails, who loves them and who is ready to help when they approach Him in truth and in spirit. It is their duty to reassure them that God can resolve all issues and can solve all problems and mysteries in our lives because He is ABLE. It is their duty as a priest to tell them what to do in order to get in touch with this God.
Send them with their problems to the Blessed Sacrament. It is for such purpose that you are called to the ministry. And, it is for such purpose that the Blessed Lord imprisons Himself in the tabernacle and patiently waits for His children to bring their problems to Him in anticipation of fulfilling the promise he made in reference to visiting the Blessed Sacrament when He announced: “I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst” (Jn. 6:35). Again He declared in the Gospel according to Matthew: “Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:28).
WHY SHOULD THE PRIEST ASK HIS PATIENT TO RECITE THE ROSARY?
The answer is very simple. Our Blessed mother Mary is very powerful because she is the mother of God who makes things happen. When she gets involved in our problems, our petitions are processed very fast before God and favors are granted much faster when she intercedes with her Son on our behalf. Her Son who is our Lord and Savior passed through the Blessed Virgin Mary to get to us. Therefore, it would be easier and most convenient to pass through the Blessed Virgin Mary in order to get to Jesus. To presume otherwise is nothing but an empty pride. If the God whom I claim to worship humbled Himself to pass through Mary in order to come to us here on earth, who am I to think that I can get to Jesus much faster through some other way?
WHY SHOULD THE PRIEST ASK HIS SPIRITUAL PATIENT TO GO TO CONFESSION?
The priest being the physician of soul should be aware that sin is the cancer of the soul which is so infectious that it even contaminates the body as well and inflicts injuries both on the soul and the body, and poses itself as a barrier between us and our God hindering us from receiving God’s favors which unceasingly issue from God’s holy dwelling just as a father or a mother never ceases yearning for the good of the child no matter how ill behaved the child is. Confessing our sins and receiving forgiveness, therefore, clears all the barriers that block God’s favors from reaching us in accordance with the Word of God in the book of Isaiah when he wrote: “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you so that he does not hear” (Is. 59:1-2).
To perform an adequate and complete diagnosis when a child of God approaches a priest with his/her problem (s), the priest must assess and evaluate the degree of the person’s relationship with God. If the child of God happens to be a Catholic, one of the questions must be, “when was your last confession?” Our Blessed Lord knows too well the catastrophe and the damaging effects of sin in our lives, in our relationship with our God and our neighbors, hence the reason why he bestowed upon man the power to forgive sins which alone belongs to God to exercise, in order to make things easier for us (Jn. 20:23).
If the child of God is non-Catholic, the priest should ask him/her: “How do you reconcile with God when you have done something that offends Him?” Whatever he/she tells you that they do in their faith tradition to reconcile with God, tell him/her to do it before doing the prayer given to him/her for whatever problems he/she has presented. When all barriers are cleared our prayers yield the desired results because the God we worship is a God of holiness and of intelligence and we cannot maneuver Him in any form or shape. He is the Lord of all and does not show partiality when he grants favors to those who approach Him in faith. St. Peter, in his encounter with Cornelius the pagan, testified to this when he declared: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him” (Act. 10:34-35).
HOW DID THE WORLD EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HEALING MINISTRY BEGIN?
Before my ordination, my mother, Monica, a woman of great faith, taught me as a child how to visit the Blessed Sacrament. She taught me that each time I visit the church for any activity I must enter the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament to pray no matter how briefly. She also taught me that each time I am passing a chapel of the Blessed Sacrament I should make the sign of the cross.
My mother, also taught me how to approach a priest and request for confession without waiting for the parish day of confession. She explained that it is good for me so that I can always stay holy and never stay in sin. I believed her. I did not learn to do these things simply because she taught them to me but because she was practicing them to my observation. So learning them came from her teaching and doing them came from her practice. I learned them and cultivated the habits of visiting the Blessed Sacrament and requesting a priest for confession as a child even when she was not with me. I carried these habits into the seminary. In the junior seminary, I needed no one to tell me to visit the Blessed Sacrament or to go to confession, and likewise in the senior seminary. Before my priestly ordination I had developed an intense love for our Blessed Lord who is really present in the Holy Eucharist.
My thirst and longing in the seminary was, “when should I be ordained in order to be able to expose the Blessed Sacrament for myself and adore the Blessed Lord whenever I wish?” My prayer was answered when I was ordained a Catholic priest on Aug 20, 1994 at the end of my 14 years of priestly training in the seminary, a journey that began in October of 1980.
Shortly after my priestly ordination I was sent to a small town called Akpugoeze to cover the absence of their pastor (parish priest) who was on vacation. Can you imagine what it feels like to go to the tabernacle the first evening on the first day of my arrival to expose the Blessed Sacrament for the first time for my private adoration. This was happening after the first two weeks of my priestly ordination. After I had placed the consecrated host in the monstrance and drew a pace backward and prostrated on the floor before the Blessed Lord and looked up unto him, I could perceive within me the words of his welcome: “Welcome on board Father Chris.” I was moved in spirit to go back to kiss him and embrace him in the monstrance. That evening’s visit was an emotional one for me and very fulfilling. Ever since then my visit and intimacy with him has never broken.
While I was covering the parish I was holding the Tuesday office as was the custom of my home diocese. Parishioners came to the office for different purposes. But those people who came with problems of sickness or other personal issues or problems, I sent to visit the Blessed Sacrament, with some prayers to do before the Blessed Sacrament such as recitation of the Rosary, some Psalms, etc., for a specified number of days, weeks or months depending on the nature of the problems with which they consulted me. I would also add: “Tell the Blessed Lord everything you told me just as you told it to me and tell Him that I sent you.”
Our Blessed Lord wants us to communicate with Him in a human way (humano modo), and so I don’t have to presume anything when I visit and consult with him about my problems or share with Him my joy, achievements, successes, etc. I don’t have to tell myself, “but God knows everything, why should I have to tell Him my problems?” Remember the Lord’s injunction, “Ask and you shall receive” (Mt. 7:7). That implies that in order to receive any special favors springing from your own personal agenda you have to tell the Lord about your needs. We do not receive favors simply because we have problems. We receive favors because we ask for it. Nevertheless, we should not take for granted the fact that He bestows some favors on us even when we never asked for them. The Word of God warned us against this presumption when James wrote in his letter as follows: “You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (Jm. 4:2-3).
As I began to send people to the Blessed Sacrament, the number of those who came to my office was increasing. I did not understand at first why the number was increasing. While the number of those who came to consult with me was increasing, the problems they were bringing were increasingly getting more and more complicated and difficult. I became uncomfortable and afraid. I said to myself, “what if I send them to the Blessed Sacrament and their prayers are not answered, they might be disappointed and I would be ashamed of myself for having sent them.”
So one day I asked a parishioner, “Why do so many people come to the office, is that the way it was with the pastor of the parish who is on vacation?” This parishioner told me that people who came to see the pastor were not as many as those who came to see me on my office day, but the reason he does not know.
On a different occasion, I addressed a group of those who came to my office with problems of serious illnesses as follows: “Why do you people come to my office with all kinds of problems? Don’t you know that this place is not a hospital?” I asked this question as I was looking for a reason to dismiss them for the fear I have described above. One of them spoke up on behalf of others and said: “Those who had come to you and received prayers from you testified that their problems were resolved and the favors they sought were granted after they had done the prayers you gave them.” So they insisted saying, “Just give us prayers to do and we will be fine.” I gave them prayers to do, prayed over them, blessed them and sent them away.
What they told me, though it sparked a little confidence in me but did not calm my fears as more and more people trooped to my office with far more complicated issues and life problems.
So one day I spoke to the Blessed Lord about my fears and doubts in one of my visits with Him. This is what I said to Him: “Lord, since I came to this parish to cover the absence of the pastor who is on vacation, people have been coming to my office on Tuesdays. Initially, they were coming with minor problems and I was comfortable with that. But these days they come with more complicated issues, serious illnesses and life problems. And I am becoming very uncomfortable fearing that they might be disappointed if I send them to the Blessed Sacrament and they fail to receive the favors they hope for after doing their prayers. Please, I want to be like every other priest so that I don’t have to put up with these problems.”
Listen to how the Blessed Lord responded to my concerns. He began by restating what I said and by asking me a question saying: “Fr. Chris, you said you were very comfortable with their minor problems initially but very uncomfortable with their complicated issues and more serious illnesses these days. Can you heal a simple headache left alone? I said, no. He continued, “I am the God who does both the little and the great things. With me there is no difference between small and big problems. Both are resolved by a command of my will. My people’s problems are my problems. Your only duty is to direct my people to come to me with their problems and issues. I would listen to hear what you instructed them to do. And, if they do the things you asked them to do exactly as you instructed, I will bestow my favors on them as requested and see to the resolution of their problems. You should not bother whether their problems are big or small for it is none of your business how I would resolve their problems no matter how big or twisted they seem.”
His message recalls to me what Mary did to facilitate the first miracle performed by Jesus when He turned water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee (Jn. 2:1-11). She first instructed and prepared the servers saying: “Do whatever He tells you.” This tells me how intimately the mother knows her Son, Jesus who is both God and man. When Jesus instructed the servers to fill up with water the six stone jars that hold 25 to 30 gallons of wine each, they filled them to the brim and not to half without questioning—and then came the miracle. So the above message of Jesus recaptures for me the miracle incident at Cana when He said, quote, “… And, if they do the things you asked them to do exactly as you instructed, I will bestow my favors on them as requested and see to the resolution of their problems.”
Doing exactly what one is instructed to do by the priest is a mark of obedience which sets the beginning of all miracles. For example, with the obedience of Mary to the Angel of God, the miracle of incarnation took place (Lk. 1:28-38). At the obedience of Naaman, the leper to Elisha, the prophet, by going to river Jordan and immersing himself 7 times, the miracle of his healing took place(2Kg. 5:1-19). On the other hand not doing exactly as one is instructed is a mark of disobedience which is an input of the devil which either slows down God’s miracle or rules it out completely.
After my conversation with the Blessed Lord, my fears and doubts were completely dispelled as the mist is dispelled before the sun. From that day on, I sent people to the Blessed Sacrament with great confidence and He never failed any of those who did exactly what they were instructed to do.
In my previous parishes in Nigeria where I ministered, people trooped to the Blessed Sacrament as if there was a King in that chapel of adoration who distributed gift packages to all who came. Sure of course, there is a real king who imprisoned Himself in the tabernacle and distributes gifts and favors to those who visits Him in accordance with their various needs. But first we must acknowledge His Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament and worship Him in truth and in spirit (cf. Jn.4:23).
The fame and popularity of the Eucharistic Lord grew in those parishes that even non-Catholics, pagans and Protestants came to visit with the Lord and received favors too, and gave testimonies. While I was stationed as an assistant priest at St. Charles Parish, Achina, which is one of the parishes in my home diocese in Nigeria, I had a record of 275 people who came on a single Tuesday office from all over the diocese (not just from our parish) to consult me with their problems. I could not attend to them one by one. What I did was to merge them in groups according to the problems they came with. It was amazing what the Lord was doing for these people as they performed their visitations to the Blessed Sacrament in their parishes.
One of the things that I observed about the Eucharistic Lord is that He responds differently to those who visit Him with special needs. He grants favors to some at the very beginning of their visits to the Blessed Sacrament, to some, at the middle of their visits, to some at the end of their visits and to some long after their visits have been completed.
MIRACLES AND TESTIMONIES
There are a thousand and one testimonies about what the Lord did in response to the prayers of those who visited Him in the Blessed Sacrament or participated in the Eucharistic Adoration Healing Ministrations in my public ministry. But I will give only a few samples of the testimonies with regard to what happened only here in the USA.
SAMPLE TESTIMONY 1
In one of the parishes I worked here in the United States of America, a couple approached me and presented a problem about their son who had a chronic pain that had molested him for years since he was a grown up. He had been to different doctors and had had all kinds of medications but to no avail. Their son due to this problem had attempted uncompleted suicide a number of times. I gave them daily visits to the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary recitation before the Eucharistic Lord for a specified period of time (cf. Lk. 11:5-13; 18:1-8). While they were doing the prayer, their son’s illness grew worse. The father gave up and stopped his daily visits to the Blessed Sacrament. The wife continued and finished it. Thanks to God who gave us women. The end story is that today, their son who had attempted suicide several times is now married with children and the pain gone. This is but one sample testimony out of many.
SAMPLE TESTIMONY 2
Another sample testimony has to do with my ministry at one of the United States home military bases, precisely, at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas. I was sent from the VA by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, to cover the absence of a deployed military Chaplain.
Towards the end of my coverage, I organized a Eucharistic Adoration Healing Ministrations for three consecutive Fridays. This is the first time I organized the Eucharistic adoration Healing Ministrations since I arrived in the United States of America. Prior to beginning these three days ministrations, another Catholic Chaplain from another base warned that making the healing ministration open to non Catholics was not a good idea because the non Catholics might be disappointed if they fail to receive the favors they hoped for.
As if the Lord heard this warning, he moved a protestant family to come all the way from out of State, precisely from St. Louis. How did this family come to know about the ministrations? Their family member stationed overseas at one of our military bases in Japan saw the program in the base newspaper via the internet. He then notified his family members here in the USA. They called the base and secured clearance and were allowed entrance onto the base to attend the Eucharistic Adoration Healing Ministrations on the last Friday.
One of the family members had a breathing problem and was using a breathing machine. The man was one of those who came out publicly to give testimony for receiving healing during the Eucharistic exposition. He boldly testified before the worshipping assembly that for the first time after many years, his breathing cleared up and he was able to breathe well and deep without any assistance. Another testimony was given by someone who said he was cured of face cancer. Another testimony of healing was given by a man who was on dialysis.
Few days after the Eucharistic Adoration Healing Ministrations, many more came forward to report their healings especially after their doctor had had time to confirm their healing.
People of different religious orientations, Catholics and Non-Catholics can participate in the Eucharistic Adoration Healing Ministrations. Participation does not require a non Catholic to become Catholic. We are all children of the living God regardless of our Creeds and God loves us in spite of what we are or what we believe in.
Any group of people, big or small can invite Fr. Ezeh for a retreat or spiritual talk at any chosen location including, but not limited to, monasteries, religious houses, retreat houses, parishes etc. For any invitation to a parish by a group in any diocese, a written permission of the pastor must be secured before the invitation. Such permission is not required if the location is outside the parish church premises.