Diocese of Rockville Centre

Fr. Solanus Casey loved adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and often went to pray or sometimes play - his violin!  But when in prayer he devoted his entire attention to his Lord and Savior, so much so that he sometimes entered into ecstasy.

Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFFR, was visiting and recalled late one night when, unable to sleep, he slipped into the chapel to pray. 'After a few minutes of kneeling in the dark, I realized that someone else was in there. A bit startled, I turned on the spotlight and there was Fr. Solanus, kneeling on the top step of the altar with his arms extended and his eyes riveted on the tabernacle. He was in his late seventies and yet he didn't move a muscle. Although his eyes were open, he didn't know I was there, and he didn't seem to recognize that the light was on. He was a very humble man and he would have moved immediately if he knew that someone was watching him.'

While we often hear stories of, or perhaps have even experienced ourselves, moments of ecstasy, it is not something we should necessarily seek to aspire to.  Prayer in and of itself is the desired outcome.  "But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him." (Psalm 4:3)  We can be confident that God hears our every prayer - we do not need to reach a rapturous state for Him to do so.  Fr. Sonalus once wrote: "Confidence in God is the soul of prayer."   As His faithful people, it is all that we need.

Perhaps we may be given the grace of ecstasy like the Saints often had, but until that time, we can be assured that our prayers still rise like incense to Heaven.

Ven. Solanus Casey, pray for us!