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Spirit and Truth, Chicago

Monday, September 13th, 2010

On 9/2/10, I was privileged to be invited to speak to the Spirit and Truth gathering at St. Stanislaus Kostka parish in Chicago.

The practice of Spirit and Truth is “Young Adults meet for Eucharistic Adoration and fellowship afterward at a local restaurant.”

The format of the evening I attended was that the group, Catholic young adults aged 18-39, gathered for some refreshments, listened to a talk and shared in discussion, then went into the adjoining church, the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy, which contains the dramatic tabernacle, “Our Lady of the Sign, Ark of Mercy,” for quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, rejoined together for Night Prayer (at which the Salve Regina was chanted), with a few going together to carry on the conversation at the local restaurant, in this case the Blue Star Wine Bar, which has good Mediterranean food in addition to being very welcoming to these Catholic-themed gatherings.

Spirit and Truth events happen almost every Thursday evening at St. Stanislaus Kostka from 7-9PM, with usually between two dozen and five dozen people attending. The St. Stanislaus Kostka Spirit and Truth group meets in the rectory at 1351 W. Evergreen, Chicago, and other Illinois Spirit and Truth groups are listed at their website.

I was touched by the stories a number of the Spirit and Truth participants told me about how their journeys of faith brought them to a practice of authentic Catholicism that includes Eucharistic Adoration, and how the isolation many of them felt from their peers before was met by the friendship of others in the Spirit and Truth group and in their practice of prayer. In these cases, all roads have led to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

The practice of Eucharistic Adoration of Spirit and Truth is very close to the same practice of Servant of God Dorothy Day, and Servant of God Catherine de Hueck Doherty, and many other Catholic holy ones, of whom I spoke in my talk, a summary of which I will share in a later post.

Young adults 18-39 can find out more about Spirit and Truth at their Facebook Page and in this background article from the Catholic New World.

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