20th Century Saints (1930 To 2000)
Quotes On The Importance Of Eucharistic Adoration

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Cardinal John O'Connor (1920 to 2000)
Cardinal and Archbishop of Chicago
"It is most heartening to learn that young men and women, in their late teens and twenties, are increasingly attracted to meditative prayer in the Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. May all the faithful find in the Eucharist their source of strength and courage to imitate our Lady, totally open to his will in their daily lives. It is my hope that this devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist will spread to more and more parishes and dioceses across our nation."

Cardinal John J. Carberry (1904 to 1998)
Cardinal and Archbishop of St. Louis
"Jesus, my God, I adore You, here present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, where You wait day and night to be our comfort while we await Your unveiled presence in heaven."

"I am not in an audience with our Holy Father, nor am I in the presence of a saint from heaven, nor with some distinguished personality. Before me, dear Jesus, You are present under the frail appearance of the host. With the eyes of faith I believe that You are present as my God, my Lord, my Redeemer, the Creator of heaven and earth, my all. I believe, dear Jesus, that You are truly present, body and blood, soul and divinity, in the most Blessed Sacrament."

S.D. Padre Leopoldo Pastori (1939 to 1996)
Italian Missionary Monk for the PIME Fathers
"I am seeking to live my ideal: to be a missionary-contemplative so as to announce Christ in a credible manner. I give much time to prayer before the Eucharist, at least five hours a day, as did the first PIME (Pontifical Institute for the Foreign Missions) missionaries. And I am experiencing, given that Jesus wants to increase and wants me to decrease, that prayer is becoming continual, by day, and when I wake up, by night."

Bishop Glennon Flavin (1916 to 1995)
Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska
"And then, dear seminarians, you’ve got to teach your people to love the Blessed Sacrament....  First of all, you teach them by your own reverence for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament....  Secondly, preach to them about it....  Introduce perpetual adoration in your parishes wherever it’s feasible.  What better way could we teach our people to love our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament than to preach perpetual adoration day and night? You think it’s impossible?  It’s being done in hundreds of parishes throughout our country!...  This is telling people again Who the Eucharist is!  Seminarians, start now to develop your great love and awe, and your reverence for the Holy Eucharist.

May I suggest something about vocations and the Eucharist while I’m at it?  Our young people have to come to love Our Lord before they will leave all things to follow Him.  One of the ways to bring them to that point is to ask them to make a five or ten minute visit with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament every day. Just to sit in His presence and talk with Him and listen to Him.  As they get to know Him, He will begin to reveal Himself to them more and more.  How their love for Him will grow in their souls!  Then, when he calls them they will say yes.  It’s a simple practice, but it’s effective.  Tell them to trust Him and say, 'Dear God, tell me what you want me to do with my life and I’ll do it.'  Vocations will come!"

Bishop William Giaquinta (1914 to 1994)
Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Tivoli, Italy
"Love, as the true essence of holiness, grows ever deeper in us through the frequent recollection of and visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament."

"Participation in Eucharistic Adoration, including Nocturnal Adoration, is a manifestation of our sacrificial love."

"Our desire to communicate with God comes from the need we feel to imitate Christ. Imitation of Christ is learned in the silence of prayer and through the quiet work of grace in us."

King Baudouin Of Belgium (1930 to 1993)
King of Belgium and devout Catholic
Do we find it important enough in our daily lives to signup to cover a specific weekly hour of Eucharistic Adoration? King Baudouin of Belgium did. Despite his busy schedule he would sit in Eucharistic Adoration for 3 hours every day. He commented that sitting before the Blessed Sacrament was like sitting in the sun; nothing is required of you but to come out of the shade, and you only feel the strength of its effects later.

St. Joseph Escriva (1902 to 1975)
Priest and founder of the worldwide "Opus Dei" movement
"Each time you approach the Blessed Sacrament remember that Jesus has been waiting for you for twenty centuries for this personal visit from you."

"If you don't keep in touch with Christ in prayer and in the bread, how can you make Him known to others?"

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892 to 1973)
Famous English writer, poet, philoligist and university professor
"Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament… There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the complete surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on the complexity of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man’s heart desires."

Blessed James Alberione (1884 to 1971)
Founder of the Society Of St. Paul and the Daughters Of St. Paul
"The Hour of Adoration prepares one for Holy Mass and Holy Communion.  Frequent encounters and familiar conversation with Jesus produce friendship, resemblance, and identity of thought, of feeling and of willing with Jesus."

"Your role before the tabernacle [is to be]: living lamps before Jesus in the Eucharist; handmaids of honor of the tabernacle and of its Divine Dweller; angels of the Eucharist who receive and who give; souls who hunger and thirst for the bread of the Eucharist and the water of His grace; hearts that share with their Spouse in the Eucharist His desires, His goals, His self-sacrifice for all; the intimate confidantes of Jesus in the Host, listening to His every word of life and meditating on it in your heart, as Mary did."

"You can resolve all your difficulties in front of the tabernacle.  Many times this will suffice instead of trying to find the answer to so many objections and difficulties.  This is all you need to find inner peace once again."

"The Eucharistic visit for the apostle is like an audience, or a school, where the disciple engages in conversation with the Divine Master.  Many methods are proposed for obtaining the maximum fruit from this practice.  But especially suitable is the one which honors Jesus Master, Way, Truth and Life.  First of all, the visit is not a complex of prayers.  It is precisely a 'visit,' something you'd make to a dear person, your mother, for example.  There is an exchange of greetings, an exchange of news, of gifts, promises, etc.  The visit has the scope of establishing our lives in Jesus Christ, that is, to live in Jesus, for Jesus, with Jesus."

"How useful it is every so often to remain in contemplation before the tabernacle - without forcing ourselves to think of lofty things!  To be able to tell Jesus simply: 'You are my Master.  You have given me an example.  I want to do as You did'."

Blessed Maria Cardoza (1875 to 1967)
Cofounder of the Augustinian Recollects Of The Heart Of Jesus
Can we sacrifice one early morning hour a week to keep our beloved Lord company in Eucharistic Adoration? Many of the great Saints did this, such as Blessed Cardoza, who identified with the Blessed Virgin's love for the Eucharist and spent long hours at night in adoration.

St. Gaetano Catanoso (1879 to 1963)
Italian Priest and Apostle of the Holy Face of Jesus
Do we love Jesus enough to commit to spending one special specific hour with him each week? St. Catanoso had a great devotion and love for the Eucharist. He often spent hours or entire days in prayer before the Tabernacle, and in his parish and beyond he promoted Eucharistic Adoration. He had a great devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus and would often say: "If we wish to adore the real Face of Jesus, we can find it in the divine Eucharist where, with the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the Face of our Lord is hidden under the white veil of the Host."

St. Gianna Borella Molla (1922 to 1962)
Wife, Mother, and Physician
"Smile at Jesus who you approach at Mass, in Holy Communion and in Eucharistic Adoration."

"The stillness of prayer is the most essential condition for fruitful action. Before all else, the disciple kneels down."

Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey (1875 to 1960)
Priest, founder and apostle of Enthroment Of The Sacred Heart
"Lord, You will reign in the Host; You will conquer from Your radiating tabernacle; You will dominate the earth by the lovable omnipotence of the Holy Eucharist."

St. Maria De Jesus Sacramentado (1868 to 1959)
Foundress of the Daughters Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus
Do we consider Eucharistic Adoration important enough in our lives to signup for a specific hour at our local Eucharistic Adoration program? Our Saints lives were centered on the Mass and adoration. St. Maria, the first Mexican woman to be canonized, had a great devotion to the Eucharist, which invigorated her for her apostolate to the poor and sick in Mexico. At her canonization Pope John Paul II said: "Her spirituality was marked by an exceptional Eucharistic piety, since it is clear that an excellent way to union with the Lord is to seek Him, to adore Him, to love Him in the most holy mystery of his real presence in the Sacrament of the Altar."

Monsignor Ronald Knox (1888 to 1957)
Famous English Priest, Theologian, and Catholic Author
Msgr. Ronald Knox once delivered a sermon reflecting on the importance of Eucharistic Adoration entitled 'The Window in the Wall'. The 'window' is the Sacred Host in the monstrance. It is the window between two worlds. As a window belongs at once to both the room inside and to the open air outside, so His Eucharistic Body belongs at once to both time and eternity. Just as natural light comes thru a window so to does supernatural light come thru the Monstrance to illuminate our souls in Eucharistic Adoration.

"Prayer is our first duty in this life and to plead lack of time for it is an insult to God."

Blessed Alexandrina da Costa (1904 to 1955)
20th Century Mystic
Jesus speaking to Blessed Alexandrina - "Keep Me company in the Blessed Sacrament. I remain in the tabernacle night and day, waiting to give My love and grace to all who would visit Me. But so few come. I am so abandoned, so lonely, so offended... Many men do not believe that I live in the tabernacle. They curse Me. Others believe, but do not love Me and do not visit Me; they live as if I were not there."

Even though Blessed Alexandria was bed ridden for most of her life her devotion and love of the Eucharist was so strong that she often adored our Eucharistic Lord from her bed: "O my Jesus, I adore thee everywhere thou dwellest in the Blessed Sacrament. Where thou art despised, I stand by thee. I love thee for those who do not love. I make amends for those who offend thee. Come into my heart."

St. Katharine Drexel (1858 to 1955)
American born Saint, founder of Sisters Of The Blessed Sacrament
"My sweetest Joy is to be in the presence of Jesus in the holy Sacrament. I beg that when obliged to withdraw in body, I may leave my heart before the holy Sacrament. How I would miss Our Lord if He were to be away from me by His presence in the Blessed Sacrament."

"I adore You, my Eucharistic God. You are there exposed in the ostensorium [monstrance]. The rays are the rays of Your love for me, for each individual soul. If it wasn't for Your love, I would be in hell. I return You thanksgiving through Mary, through St. Joseph, through all the Apostles, Martyrs, Virgins and Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in heaven. And lastly, I thank You through the sacred host on all the altars throughout the world."

Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster (1880 to 1954)
Cardinal, Archbishop of Milan Italy, and Benedictine Monk
"Before all other things, and even above all things, O Venerable Brothers, we are essentially adorers (of the most Blessed Sacrament). 'This is how one should regard us, as ministers of Christ' (1 Cor 4:1). After that we must also be ministers of the people..."

St. Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga (1901 to 1952)
Jesuit Priest, Lawyer, Social Worker and founder of El Hogar De Cristo
"The formation received in the Society of Jesus, strengthened by prayer and adoration of the Eucharist, allowed him to be won over by Christ, being a true contemplative in action. In love and in the total gift of self to God's will, he found strength for the apostolate...He founded El Hogar de Cristo for the most needy and the homeless, offering them a family atmosphere full of human warmth." (Pope Benedict XVI, Oct. 15 2006 homily during St. Alberto canonization)

Bl. Maria Candida Of The Eucharist (1884 to 1949)
Carmelite Nun and Mystic of the Eucharist
Blessed Maria's deep devotion to the Blessed Sacrament dominated her entire spiritual life, so much so that she considered it a heavy and painful cross if ever deprived of daily Holy Communion. She stayed in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as often and as long as she could especially on Thursdays from 11 to Midnight. "I ask my Jesus (that I can) be a guardian of all the tabernacles of the world, until the end of time."

St.Josephine Bakhita (1869 to 1947)
Canossian Nun
St. Josephine spent hours in Eucharistic Adoration and, when one Sister asked if it tired her, she said, "Not at all! I have been having a wonderful time with Him. He has waited so long for me."

Bl. Alberto Marvelli (1918 to 1946)
Layman, engineer, and member of Catholic Action
"What a new world opens up to me contemplating Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament... it awakens holy ideas in me, a burning and consuming flame, but one that makes me so happy!".

Bl. Teresa Bracco (1924 to 1944)
Blessed Teresa Bracco developed a great love for the Blessed Sacrament from an early age. Besides going to daily Mass she was often found in her local Church, in Eucharist Adoration before the Tabernacle, immobile and almost ecstatic adoring our beloved Lord. While most of us will not attain that height of contemplation we can still follow Blessed Teresa's example and volunteer to cover at least one hour of Eucharistic Adoration a week at our local Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration program.

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891 to 1942)
Martyr and Carmelite Nun (Original name was Edith Stein)
"To make room in our life for the Eucharistic Lord, so that He can change our life into His, is that asking too much?"

"The Lord is present in the tabernacle in his divinity and in his humanity. He is not present for his own sake but for ours: it is his delight to be with the 'children of men.' He knows, too, that, being what we are, we need his personal nearness. In consequence, every thoughtful and sensitive person will feel attracted and will be there as often and as long as possible. And the practice of the Church, which has instituted perpetual adoration, is just as clear."

"A woman’s life must be a Eucharistic life. Only in daily, confidential relationship with the Lord in the tabernacle can one forget self, become free of all one’s wishes and pretensions, and have a heart open to all the needs and wants of others."

St. Maximillian Kolbe (1894 to 1941)
Martyr and Franciscan Priest
"My aim is to institute Perpetual (Eucharistic) Adoration, for this is the most important activity."

"God dwells in our midst in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar."

"Let us not forget to visit . . . Jesus. Let us tell Him we love Him. We might ask Him what He wants of us, what are His wishes. Sometimes we might ask Jesus something for ourselves and something for others. One can speak to Jesus as brother to brother, as friend to friend, more so, since it often happens that men do not understand us, whereas Jesus understands each of us always."

St. Pedro De Jesus Maldonado (1892 to 1937)
Martyr and Parish Priest in Mexico with great love for the Eucharist
Consider signing up to cover a nighttime (early Morning) Eucharistic Adoration hour. The Saints considered the more difficult hours of their Eucharistic Adoration to be the most rewarding. St. Pedro Lucero spent long hours in Eucharistic Adoration and was a great promoter of nocturnal adorations at the parishes he was pastor of.

Blessed Victoria Diez Bustos De Molino (1862-1937)
Martyr, Laywoman. Teacher, and member of the Teresian Assoc.
"Praying before the Blessed Sacrament I find strength, courage, light and all the love I need to help those entrusted to me on the way of salvation."

Ven. Concepcion Cabrera de Armida (1862 to 1937)
Mystic and religious writer
"O Jesus of the Eucharist! O consecrated Host! O envied Monstrance! O blessed Ciborium, beloved of my heart! The Tabernacle is my Treasure, and, far or near, my eyes never lose sight of it, for it contains the God of Love."

Jesus speaking to Venerable Concepcion - "I want souls who are dedicated with fervor, with determination and without looking for rest, to plead day and night (before the Blessed Sacrament) for my priests."

" I am near to a Sun that never sets ... to a Light of Lights that is never hidden ... bathed in the supernatural light of the Sacred Host."

St. Andre Bessette (1845 to 1937)
Known as "Gods Door Keeper" he healed thousands thru Jesus
All the Saints knew the importance of Eucharistic Adoration. The Eucharist is where grace and healing comes from. St. Andre Bessette knew this as he would often spend long nights in adoration of our beloved Lord. From this he consoled and healed thousands of people while remaining a simple doorkeeper as a Brother for the Congregation Of The Cross. Let us imitate him and sign up for at least a weekly Holy Hour of adoration at our local Eucharistic Adoration program.

Bl. Mary Of The Angels Ginard Marti (1894 to 1936)
Martyr & Sister in Cong. Of The Zealous Sisters Of Euch. Adoration
Many of our Saints have said that Eucharistic Adoration helps us overcome fears and prepares us for tasks we thought would be impossible of us. Blessed Mary Of The Angels was no exception as she would spend long hours in adoration before our beloved Lord. She prepared herself well in this way to later accept martyrdom according to Pope Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Francis Alphonsus Bourne (1861 to 1935)
Cardinal and Archbishop of Westminster England
"May we be worthy of these blessings, may we understand the responsibility which comes to us all, both clergy and laity of every degree, as a result of the favour bestowed upon us in being allowed to proclaim so gloriously and so openly our adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,..."

"Under the shadow of Tyburn (England) itself, on the very spot where our martyrs mounted the ladder that reached to Heaven, the Mass is not only said, but the most Blessed Sacrament is adored perpetually."

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