13th Century Saints
Quotes On The Importance Of Eucharistic Adoration

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St. Albert The Great (1206 to 1280)
Doctor of the Church, Confessor, and Bishop of Regensburg
On the importance of the Eucharist St. Albert wrote: "He could not have commanded anything more beneficial, for this Sacrament is the fruit of the tree of life. Anyone who receives this Sacrament with the devotion of sincere faith will never taste death. It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and blessed is he who holds it fast. The man who feeds on Me shall live on account of Me."

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225 to 1274)
Doctor of the Church, Theologian, and Philosopher
It is said that we will be remembered by the company we keep. St. Thomas recognized this when he said, "The things we love tell us who we are." Are we to busy to commit to a special specific hour each week with Jesus, who has done everything for us? One thing is for sure - if we faithfully attend Eucharistic Adoration Jesus will recognize and remember us as one of his faithful disciples at our death.

St. Thomas use to spend many hours in adoration before our beloved Lord. He once said that he learned more from prayer before the Blessed Sacrament than from many hours of study.

"No other sacrament (except the Holy Eucharist) has greater healing power; through it sins are purged away, virtues are increased, and the soul is enriched with an abundance of every spiritual gift."

"Since this (the Eucharist) is the sacrament of Our Lord's Passion, it contains in itself the Jesus Christ who suffered for us. Thus, whatever is an effect of Our Lord's Passion is also an effect of this sacrament. For this sacrament is nothing other than the application of Our Lord's Passion to us."

St. Bonaventure (1218 to 1274)
Doctor of the Church, Cardinal, and Bishop of Albano Italy
"Lord Jesus Christ, pierce my soul with your love so that I may always long for you alone, who are the bread of angels and the fulfillment of the soul’s deepest desires. May my heart always hunger for you, so that my soul may be filled with the sweetness of your presence."

St. Louis King Of France (1214 to 1270)
King of France
Are we to busy to commit to covering an hour of adoration a week? We should take the example of the saints, such as St. Louis, who, despite being King found time to visit the most Blessed Sacrament every day.

Pope Urban IV (1261 to 1264)
He instituted the Feast of Corpus Christi
"In the Eucharist Christ is with us in His own substance. For when telling the Apostles that He was ascending into heaven, He said, 'Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world,' thus comforting them with the gracious promise that He would remain and be with them even by His bodily presence."

St. Juliana Of Liege (1193 to 1258)
Augustinian Nun who is original source for Corpus Christi Feast
From her youth, Juliana had a special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, and she longed for a special feast in its honor. She received a vision in a dream, and later it was revealed to her that it represented a missing feast in the Church, which became the feast of Corpus Christi.

St. Clare Of Assisi (1193 to 1253)
Founder of the Order Of Poor Ladies (Poor Clare Nuns)
"I come, O Lord, unto Thy sanctuary to see the life and food of my soul. As I hope in Thee, O Lord, inspire me with that confidence which brings me to Thy holy mountain. Permit me, Divine Jesus, to come closer to Thee, that my whole soul may do homage to the greatness of Thy majesty; that my heart, with its tenderest affections, may acknowledge Thine infinite love; that my memory may dwell on the admirable mysteries here renewed every day, and that the sacrifice of my whole being may accompany Thine."

"Gaze upon Him (in Eucharistic Adoration), consider Him, contemplate Him, as you desire to imitate Him."

"Place your mind before the mirror of eternity! Place your soul in the brilliance of glory! Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance! And transform your entire being into the image of the Godhead Itself through contemplation. So that you too may feel what His friends feel as they taste the hidden sweetness that God Himself has reserved from the beginning for those who love Him."

St. Elizabeth Of Hungary (1207 to 1231)
Princess of Hungary
Many saints would spend hours in Eucharistic adoration as they new how important it is in ones spiritual life. St. Elizabeth, even in her childhood, would often visit our beloved Lord Jesus in the Eucharist.

Bishop Richard Poore Of Salisbury (1217 to 1229)
Bishop of the See of Salisbury England
Bishop Richard Poore urged and promoted adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. In writing a thirteenth century rule for the life of nuns (called the "Nuns Rule" or "Acren Riwle") he wrote "...think upon God's Flesh and on His Blood which is over the high altar and fall on your knees towards it with this salutation 'Hail thou author of or Creation'...".

Pope Honorius III (1216 to 1227)
First Pope to give permission for continuous lay Adoration
It is said that continuous lay adoration of the Blessed Sacrament began in France in 1226 in thanksgiving for victory over the Albigensians. Pope Honorius III was the first Pope to give permission for this day and night adoration which lasted until the French Revolution in 1792. It was restarted in 1829 and has been going ever since.

St. Francis Of Assisi (1181 to 1226)
Founder of the Franciscans, started Eucharistic Adoration in Italy
"I beg you to show the greatest possible reverence for the Eucharist through whom all things have been brought to peace and reconciled with Almighty God."

One day a rather worldly friend asked St. Francis: "Father what do you do during those long hours before the Blessed Sacrament?" "My son in return I ask you what does the poor man do at the rich man's door, the sick man in presence of his physician, the thirsty man at a limpid stream? What they do, I do before the Eucharistic God. I pray. I adore. I love.

"Let us love God and adore him and offer him praises by day and by night."

"In this world I cannot see the Most High Son of God with my own eyes, except for His Most Holy Body and Blood."

St. Dominic (1170 to 1221)
Founder of the Dominican Order
As with most Saints St. Dominic had a great love for the Blessed Sacrament and would pass the night in Eucharistic Adoration after the difficult labours of the day.
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