Workers put up a wooden cross at the border between Mexico and the U.S. in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Photo: REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

From 2008 to 2012, Juarez Mexico was widely deemed the most dangerous place on Earth. –National Geographic In the space of 5 years, the murder rates declined  from 3,766 to only 256.

“Jorge Gonzalez Nicholas, a prosecutor from Ciudad Juárez, said, “There is no other place in the world that has managed to turn itself around so quickly.”

How did that unprecedented turnaround happen? Although there are several factors that  can be attributed to the transformation, one priest has Fr. Patrico Hileman believes the change is due to Eucharistic Adoration. “When a parish adores God day and night, the city is transformed,” Fr. Hileman said. “Mexican City Sees Stunning Drop in Violence as Adoration Increases”.

“After the first chapel opened in Ciudad Juárez in 2013, murders went down so dramatically that people told Fr. Hileman about it.

Father, since the chapel was opened no one has died in Ciudad Juarez; this makes two months that no one has died,” one priest told Fr. Hileman.

“We made 10 chapels in a year,” Fr. Hileman explained…

“Throughout history, the saints of the Church have had intense devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, expressed through eucharistic adoration and frequent visits to the tabernacle.

Saint Gabriel Possenti, a member of the Passionist order, said, “There is more sweetness in one hour of prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament than in all the world’s crowded theaters, and brilliant drawing rooms, and giddy diversions, and social gatherings.”

Adoration Chapels Leading to Decreased Crime In Mexico 

My introduction to Adoration came at the end of a fun filled week at a summer devotional program at our church when I asked our 10 year old daughter what her favorite things about the week.   Her answer took my breath away.

I wasn’t sure what her answer would be but I think I expected  it would be about  the fun games, the water sports, her new friends or maybe what she had learned (we  were new Catholics and still learning about the faith).

But when she began to speak I could see that she was sharing something profound and from the heart. “Oh, mommy. Adoration. And confession. Those were my favorite!”  It was one of those moments when the veil between time and eternity seems non-existent for a moment.  I understood why she  loved confession. But I had never been to adoration and didn’t really know what it was.

She was radiant as she answered and spoke with awe and joy. “I loved adoration. It is so peaceful just being with Jesus”. Even now, it fills my heart to remember my precious child whose best memory of an action packed week was sitting in a quiet chapel “just being with Jesus”

Eucharist Adoration is an experience that is foreign to Protestants and elicits questions. What do you mean, being with Jesus? Isn’t he everywhere? Why would I need to go to adoration to be with him?

Actually, “there are, in fact, three ways in which Jesus is present.

He is present everywhere as God because of His knowledge, power and divinity. This is referred to as God’s natural presence.

He is present spiritually in those who are in a state of grace.

He is present physically in the form of flesh and blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist and in His glorified body in Heaven. Thus, when Catholics speak of the “real presence” they are not denying the fact Jesus is omnipresent, but are instead referring to the very clear teaching that Jesus is really present as flesh and blood in the Eucharist.”. Answers to Eucharist Objections

“From 2008–2010, Ciudad Juárez, in northern Mexico was listed as one of the most dangerous cities in the world, due to drug and gang related violence. Now in a dramatic turnaround, the city is considered safer than several American cities, including Baltimore and New Orleans.

Fr. Patrico Hileman believes the change is due to Eucharistic Adoration. “When a parish adores God day and night, the city is transformed,” Fr. Hileman said.”