17th Century Saints
Quotes On The Importance Of Eucharistic Adoration

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Blessed Nicholas Steno (1638 to 1686)
Italian Priest and father of the field of Geology
We need to take the time to volunteer to cover an hour of adoration a week at our local adoration chapel. Our faithful attendance and reverence is a source for conversions and vocations. Such was the case with Blessed Nicholas when, in one Eucharistic procession, he witnessed such reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament that he not only converted to Catholicism but also became a Priest.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 to 1680)
Native American Agonquin-Mohawk Indian known for her virtue of Chastity
Do we love the Eucharistic Lord? The only way to grow in the love of our Eucharistic Jesus is to spend time with Him in adoration. Blessed Kateri new this as she would spend as much time as her duties allowed in Church adoring the Blessed Sacrament. Even a bad snowstorm wouldn't stop her as she would tread thru knee deep snow to spend more time with our beloved Lord.

St. John Eudes (1601 to 1680)
Priest and founder of the Congregation Of Jesus And Mary (Eudists)
"You should adore our Lord Jesus Christ, who makes himself present to us on the altar, so that we might offer him the homage and adoration we owe."

"Your most loving Heart, O Jesus, dwells in this Sacrament burning with love for us. It is there continually performing thousands of good deeds towards us."

St. Vincent Depaul (1581 to 1660)
Founder of the Congregation Of The Mission he served the poor
St. Vincent de Paul would make a Holy Hour asking the Lord blessings on important business transactions and, afterwards, returned to thank the Lord.

Venerable Jean Jacque Olier (1608 to 1657)
Founder of the Sulpicians, he worked with St. Vincent Depaul
"When there are two roads which will bring me to some place, I take the one with more churches so as to be nearer to the Blessed Sacrament."

St. Isaac Jogues (1607 to 1646)
Martyr, Jesuit Priest, and North American missionary
St. Isaac endured the hardship of his missionary life through the strength he received by performing all his religious exercises before the Blessed Sacrament, despite the discomfort caused by bitter cold.

St. John Francis Regis (1597 to 1640)
French Priest who established the Confraternities Of The Blessed Sacrament
St. John found strength for his apostolate thru his nights spent in adoration of our beloved Lord in the most Blessed Sacrament. Many conversions came about in France because his apostolate of tireless preaching.

St. Martin de Porres (1579 to 1639)
Dominican Brother and Doctor
Like most of the Saints St. Martin was inspired to love and serve others by his great desire to be in adoration before the Real Presence of Jesus Christ, as often as possible, where he was granted great gifts including healing, wisdom, and counsel.

St. Francis De Sales (1567 to 1622)
Doctor Of The Church and Bishop of Geneva Switzerland
"We must visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament a hundred thousand times a day."

"As mountain hares become white in winter because they neither see nor eat anything but snow, so by adoring and feeding on beauty, purity and goodness itself in the Eucharist you will become altogether beautiful, pure, and good."

"Nowhere do we find our Savior more tender or more loving than here (in adoration) where He, so to speak, annihilates Himself and reduces Himself to food in order to penetrate our souls and to unite Himself to the hearts of His friends."

"By adoring and partaking of His beauty, His Goodness and His purity in this Divine Sacrament, you will become all beautiful, good and pure."

"I will adore your majesty in the Holy Sacrament…. For your words will teach me that in this Sacrament you are God made Man, really and truly, and that your presence is no more impossible for your will, although incomprehensible to our weak minds, than the rest of your admirable works."

"...this Sacrament, in as much as it contains our Lord, is worthy of adoration and ... we must adore him.  For truly, since it is Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is God, who will not adore him, I beg you, as well there as in heaven, since it is written 'I will worship the Lord God and only him will I serve' (Matthew 4:10).  For our Lord wants to be adored wherever he is.  Thus he was
adored on the cross by the thief (Luke 23:42), walking in Jerusalem among the people who cried out, 'Hosanna' (Matthew 21:9 and in the crib by the three kings (Matthew 2:11).  He is hidden in the Eucharist, but that does not prevent him from being adored, for thus the kings adored him, hidden and wrapped in swaddling clothes."

St. Robert Bellarmine (1542 to 1621)
Doctor Of The Church, Cardinal, and Archbishop of Capua Italy
During his youth, on his way back and forth to school, he would stop and pay a visit to Jesus four times a day.

St. Rose Of Lima (1586 to 1617)
First Saint and Patroness of the Americas
During the celebration of a Forty Hours Devotion she spent hours, from morning until night, before the Blessed Sacrament without partaking of food or drink.

Volunteering to cover a specific hour of Eucharistic Adoration is one of the greatest and easiest ways to get involved in our local parish. St. Rose had such a great love for the Blessed Sacrament that she started Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in every parish in the village she lived in.

St. Francis Caracciolo (1563 to 1608)
Italian Priest, Confessor
As a youth St. Francis had such a love for the Blessed Sacrament that he would forgo most childhood activities to make frequent visits to the Eucharist. He would visit many churches adoring the Blessed Sacrament making up for, what he considered, the lack of attendance before our beloved Lord. He later cofounded the Congregation of the Minor Clerics Regular, which, among other duties, had Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.

St. Mary Magdalene Of Pazzi (1566 to 1607)
16th Century Mystic and Carmelite Nun
"A friend will visit a friend in the morning to wish him a good day, in the evening, a good night, taking also an opportunity to converse with him during the day. In like manner, make visits to Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, if your duties permit it."

"It is especially at the foot of the altar that one prays well."

"In all your visits to our Savior, frequently offer His precious Blood to the Eternal Father."

"You will find visits to the Most Blessed Sacrament very conducive to increase in you Divine Love."

"Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament is more powerful than in any other place because here is the Real Presence of God, just as He is in heaven."

Pope Clement VIII (1592 to 1605)
He started Forty-Hours devotion in Rome
In 1592 he issued a historic document that promoted Eucharistic Adoration. It was called “Quarant Ore” (Forty Hours). Issued for Rome and consisting of forty continuous hours of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament (exposed) this devotion later spread throughout the world.

St. Germaine Cousin (1579 to 1601)
Patron Saint of many causes
Are we to busy to dedicate just one specific hour a week for a special hour before our beloved Lord? Many of the saints went out of their way to visit the Blessed Sacrament. During her 21 year life span, as she grew older, St. Germaine would go every day to adore the Most Blessed Sacrament.

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