21st Century (Page 2)
Quotes On The Importance Of Eucharistic Adoration
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Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien (1939 to Present)
Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and
Cardinal-Deacon of San Sebastiano al Palatino
"Many seminarians volunteer the fact that they discovered their vocation through devotion to the Blessed Sacrament in parishes where Eucharistic adoration was regularly scheduled with special prayers for vocations. Nationally, I am told that there are dioceses such as Wichita, where an abundance of priestly vocations can be traced to diocesan-wide Eucharistic adoration. Nor do I think it a coincidence that the three parishes in our Archdiocese with the most success at present in “growing” seminarians for Baltimore all offer parishioners opportunities for Eucharistic adoration outside of Mass."
Cardinal Telesphore Toppo (1939 to Present)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Ranchi, India and
Cardinal-Priest of Sacro Cuore di Gesù agonizzante a Vitinia
"In my pastoral letter on the Eucharist I urged the community to encourage others to become devoted to (the Blessed Sacrament)... It is fantastic to see how in our diocese of Ranchi, and even in the most distant villages of Jharkhand, people visit these chapels at every hour of the day... People of every age come: from teenagers and young adults to the elderly... The laity's love for the Eucharist is edifying."
Cardinal Sean Brady (1939 to Present)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Amargh Ireland, Primate of All Ireland,
and Cardinal-Priest of SS Quirico e Giulitta
"I ask that the faithful pray to the Holy Spirit to lead us all to a greater appreciation of the presence of Jesus in our midst, for love of us, in the gift of the Eucharist."
"Adoration of the Eucharist reminds us of the importance of the Sacrament of the Eucharist in our faith, a faith which will lead us to bring the message of Christ to our homes, our families, our communities and our world."
"The Church exists to evangelize – to preach Jesus. Anything else is Narcissism – self serving and self-centred. The Message must be brought, not only to the ends of the earth but to the margins of society. Not only to the poor but to the ignorant, those who now do without God, those who are suffering and outcast and weak, to those who are in any kind of misery. That will take zeal. It will take strength of faith and the fire of love. That sort of strength can only come from contemplation and adoration of Jesus Christ."
Peter Kreeft (1939 to Present)
Catholic Theologian, Apologist, Professor, and author
"Adoration will heal our Church and thus our nation and thus our world...Adoration is more powerful for construction than nuclear bombs are for destruction."
"In (Eucharistic) adoration we focus on Christ the center, and everything else then appears as it truly is: as a ray of light from that sun, the Son of God. We see the world in terms of Christ's coordinates instead of looking at Christ in terms of the world's coordinates. It is the great exercise in realism, since reality is Christocentric. Even this great mental benefit, or 'payoff,' must not be our primary motive, however. If we adored the Adorable One for the sake of something else, we would really be worshipping the 'something else' as the end and using God as the means. This would reverse the order of reality, treating the End as a means and the means as the end. God has left us clear instructions forbidding this: 'Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these other things will be added unto you.' He commands us to adore Him for His sake, not for our sake; but He does this for our sake, not for His sake. His glory is to be our concern; our glory is His concern. That is what love is: exchange."
Bishop Joseph A. Galante (1938 to Present)
Bishop Emeritus of Camden, New Jersey
"I want to strongly exhort our priests and people to consider encouraging and supporting the practice of praying before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It requires at times a sacrifice of time, of presence, but that sacrifice offers an added grace. It is an opportunity for us to follow the exhortation to die to ourselves so that we may live more fully in Jesus."
Bishop Ruben T. Profugo (1938 to Present)
Bishop Emeritus of Lucena, Philippines
"Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration has made my diocese safe from the violence that previously threatened to tear it apart. Both the priests and the laity credit Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration for protecting the diocese from the reign of communism and for bringing about peace and order. We put all our faith and trust in the omnipotent power of His love in the Blessed Sacrament and He did not fail us. The point I want to make is that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is not static, but dynamically active. He is the Good Shepherd. He does not take people away from the Sacraments, but rather, He is the one who brings them back. He does not make people weary, but refreshes them and makes them strong. He is the Lord of lords and King of kings. It is not dangerous to have Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, but rather, it is dangerous not to have it, because He is the only one who can protect and restore, heal and unite us."
Cardinal Roger Mahony (1936 to Present)
Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and
Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Quattro Coronati
"By linking our prayer through Mary to our adoration of Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament, we have been given a new and spiritually rich avenue to Christ through His Mother."
"Each season of the liturgical year (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time) can be marked by a special opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration. The seasons of Advent and Lent are particularly appropriate times to bring the hopes and longings of the whole world and our own hearts before the Most Blessed Sacrament."
"Parishes throughout the Archdiocese would do well to make opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration available to parishioners on a regular basis."
Cardinal Ivan Dias (1936 to Present)
Prefect Emeritus of Congregation For The Evangelization Of Peoples and
Cardinal-Priest of Spirito Santo alla Ferratella
"Today's problems, such as low attendance at Mass and infrequent Confession, is nothing new and has been overcome in the past by the likes of St. John Vianney, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and others according to Cardinal Dias. He states that "the secret of their resounding successes were the many hours (these Saints) spent in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament". The Cardinal also has proposed that bishops and priests all over the world should spend an hour each day in adoration, "interceding for themselves, for the faithful entrusted to their pastoral care and for the needs of the whole church."
Cardinal Justin Rigali (1935 to Present)
Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia and
Cardinal-Priest of S. Prisca Episcopal Liaison to CMSWR
"Devotion to the Eucharist leads one to a devotion to life and a devotion to life leads one to the Eucharist….We receive our strength for our labors for life from the Good News of Jesus Christ and from Holy Eucharist."
"(Eucharistic Adoration outside of Mass) is an emerging sign of the times, confirmed in the experience of many bishops throughout the world. Bishops are very pleased about where this is going. It leads people back to the sacrament of reconciliation, to greater solidarity with each other, and to more active participation in the Mass."
"Even high-schoolers are starting to pray before the Blessed Sacrament on their own. They're responding to a deep-felt need people have for union with God. In the Mass and in Eucharistic Adoration, we meet the merciful Love of God which passes through the Heart of Christ."
"We are sent out from the Eucharist to contribute to the building up of the Body of Christ, and we return in Eucharistic adoration. The Eucharist is the center of our life because Jesus is the center of our life. So, he said, Eucharistic adoration is a powerful incentive to service to those in need. In the Eucharist, we live Christ's life and fulfill His words to worship the Father 'in spirit and in truth'."
"Eucharistic adoration is going to revitalize our parishes and really help people be more active in living out their faith."
Archbishop Jose G. Martin Rabago (1935 - Present)
Archbishop Emeritus of Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico
"It is urgent to undertake a renewal of nocturnal (Eucharistic) adoration that, while respecting its style, will allow for the integration of a scheme of prayer more adapted to the spiritual sensitivity of our time."
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (1934 to Present)
Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church (administrator of properties/revenues of the Holy See) and Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati
"(It is so important) to dispense in full the Word of God...especially to the younger generation and help to rediscover the true value of the liturgy, maintaining devotion to the Virgin Mary, the Patron Saints and Eucharistic Adoration in particular."
Cardinal Claudio Hummes (1934 to Present)
Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation For The Clergy and
Cardinal-Priest of S. Antonio da Padova in Via Merulana
In December 2007 Cardinal Claudio wrote to every Bishop in the world urging Eucharistic Adoration by the laypeople to pray for Priests. "We intend in a very particular way to entrust all priests to Mary, the Mother of the High and Eternal Priest, bringing about in the Church a movement of prayer, placing 24 hour continuous Eucharistic Adoration at the centre, so that a prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, praise, petition, and reparation, will be raised to God, incessantly and from every corner of the earth, with the primary intention of awakening a sufficient number of holy vocations to the priestly state."
"We can not live, we can not look the truth about ourselves without letting ourselves be looked at and generated by Christ in daily Eucharistic Adoration, and the 'Stabat' of Mary, 'Woman of the Eucharist', beneath the Cross of his Son, is the most significant example is given to us for contemplation and worship of the Divine Sacrifice.
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa (1934 to Present)
Preacher To The Papal Household (Priest that preaches to Pope)
"Sometimes Eucharistic contemplation just means keeping Jesus company, being there under His gaze, giving Him the joy of contemplating us, too. Although we are but useless creatures and sinners, we are still the fruit of His passion for whom He gave His life."
"To engage in Eucharistic contemplation means then, concretely, to establish a heart to heart contact with Jesus really present in the Host and, through him, to be raised to the Father in the Holy Spirit . . . Eucharistic contemplation is to look at one who is looking at me."
"It is by staying still, in silence, and possibly for long periods, before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament that we perceive what He wants from us, put aside our own plans to make way for His, and let God’s light gradually penetrate the heart and heal it."
Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez (1933 to Present)
Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico and
Cardinal-Priest of Nostra Signora di Guadalupe e San Filippo Martire
"The Church plunges into the new millennium with renewed hope, adoring the Eucharistic Jesus, who is the light and life of humanity’s pilgrimage... At the outset of this new millennium, we need a forthright and joyous proclamation of our faith in Jesus Christ, who enlightens this new phase of history: Prayer before Jesus Christ in the Eucharist."
Bishop Luca Brandolini (1933 to Present)
Bishop of the Diocese of Sora-Aquino-Pontecorvo, Italy
"The abandonment of Eucharistic Adoration, or ignorance of its importance, is a grave loss that compromises the very identity of the Church."
Fr. Stefano Manelli (1933 to Present)
Minister General of the Franciscan Friars Of The Immaculate
"The Saints, being far advanced in the practice of love, were faithful and ardent adorers of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Importantly, Eucharistic adoration has always been considered as the closest likeness we have to the eternal adoration which will make up our whole paradise. The difference lies only in the veil which hides the sight of that divine Reality of which faith gives us unwavering certainty."
"Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has been the fervent devotion of the Saints. Their adoration lasted hours and hours, sometimes whole days or nights. There 'at Jesus' feet' like Mary of Bethany (Luke 10:39), keeping Him fond and intimate company, absorbed in contemplating Him, they surrendered their hearts to a pure and fragrant offering of adoring love."
"The devotion to the Eucharist, together with the devotion to the Blessed Mother, is the devotion of Paradise, because it is the devotion which the Angels and Saints of Heaven also have."
Cardinal Francis Arinze (1932 to Present)
Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and Cardinal-Bishop of Velletri-Segni, Italy
"The synod (of Bishops in 2005)...underlined the importance of Eucharistic adoration outside Mass which has its fruits in the Mass itself because the Mass is the supreme act of adoration. But the sacrament does not finish after Mass. Christ is in the tabernacle to be brought to the sick, to receive our visits of adoration, praise, love, supplication. The synod fathers did not only talk about adoration - they did adoration, every day. Christ exposed in the monstrance in the chapel near the Synod Hall, one hour in the morning, one hour in the afternoon."
"All time, all history belongs to God. Every instant should be spent in adoring and praising Him and rejoicing in His presence."
"Gradually in the Church of the Latin Rite from the Middle Ages, Eucharistic devotion has developed in such forms as visits to the Most Blessed Sacrament, personal and group Holy Hour of Adoration, and Eucharistic Benediction, Procession and Congress. None of us should behave as if he or she had outgrown such manifestations of faith and had no need of them. I mention in particular Eucharistic adoration as encouraged by Pope John Paul II and by the Synod of Bishops of October 2005. Some parish priests have been surprised by their parishioners signing up for adoration at all hours of day or night. I was told about a Congregation of Sisters in Mexico which has kept up perpetual adoration for 130 years, including the years of persecution. Genuine Eucharistic faith never fails to manifest itself."
"...I saw the chapels which exposed the Blessed Sacrament all day and sometimes night. Thank God for all that, because the hours we spend in front of the Most Holy Eucharist are invaluable."
Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins (1932 to Present)
Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and
Cardinal Bishop of the Suburbicarian See Of Palestrina in Italy
"It is certain that today there are many positive signs of faith and of love for the Eucharist, indeed, the noticeably better informed and more active participation of the faithful in the celebration of the Eucharist is a fruit of the liturgical reform introduced by the Second Vatican Council: more and more time is devoted daily to the adoration of the Eucharist; and a growing number of people take part in the Eucharistic procession for Corpus Christi which, every year, makes this adoration a moving public profession of love for Jesus in the Eucharist."
"Just as Jesus stays in the sacrament after the (Eucharistic) celebration too, it is necessary for us to stay with him, (in Eucharistic) adoration that is prolonged through time."
Archbishop Alfred Clifton Hughes (1932 to Present)
Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Louisiana
"I encourage you to... visit Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Christ granted the request of his disciples on the road to Emmaus, and under the forms of bread and wine, his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity really do 'remain with us'. Of course, the disciples were only echoing the similar request that Jesus had made in Garden of Gethsemane to Peter, James and John when he asked them to remain with him, to stay and pray with him for one hour (Mt 26:37-40). Now... we have the opportunity to do what the apostles failed to do that night, to remain with Him in Eucharistic Adoration..."
Bishop Gabriel Piroird (1932 to Present)
Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Constantine, Algeria
Bishop Piroird has commented that even non-Christians, such as the Muslims in his diocese, have found comfort in Eucharist Adoration - "In the measure that they cannot participate frequently in the Eucharistic celebration, some give more time to Eucharistic Adoration; they discover the density of a Real Presence that gives strength to their daily lives."
Bishop Michael Angelo Satarelli (1932 to 2009)
Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, Deleware
"When we rekindle our Eucharistic amazement and devotion (such as Eucharistic Adoration) then our marriages in turn are rekindled. Vocations to the priesthood and religious life are rekindled. A missionary spirit and evangelization are rekindled... I see parents and religious educators really going the extra mile in their efforts to lead our young people to a life-changing understanding and lived experience of the Eucharist."
Cardinal Ricardo Jamin Vidal (1931 to Present)
Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Cebu, Philippines and
Cardinal-Priest of Santi Pietro e Paolo a Via Ostiense
"Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the solution to our problems of declining vocations."
"If we are willing only to do what is ordinary then we can only expect God’s ordinary blessings. Only when we are willing to do the extraordinary are we guaranteed of obtaining God’s extraordinary blessings. Perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is absolutely the extraordinary effort that God is asking for today in order that He may bestow upon mankind His extraordinary blessings. When we are willing to do on earth what is done in heaven, ie., adore God perpetually, then God will create a 'new heaven' and a 'new earth'."
Cardinal Camillo Ruini (1931 to Present)
Cardinal-Priest of St. Agnes Outside The Wall titular Church
"In the prolonged silence of the Adoration young people have a better opportunity to have a personal relationship with Christ and God the father."
Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza (1931 to Present)
Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Gavelston-Houston, Texas
"Devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament has a long and fruitful tradition in the Church. On many occasions I have urged that each parish have at least a weekly time set aside particularly for Eucharistic adoration. I repeat this urging with the request that time be made for adoration of Jesus in the Eucharist every day. Over twenty parishes have perpetual adoration and I hope many more will begin this beautiful devotion. If for good reason this cannot be achieved, I hope every parish will provide daily opportunities for parishioners, 'to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament'."
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick (1930 to Present)
Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. and
Cardinal-Priest of the Titulus Ss. Nerei et Achillei
"If it were not for the Eucharist, if it were not for this marvelous manifestation of God's love, if it were not for this opportunity to place ourselves in the very real presence of God, if it were not for the sacrament that reminds us of His love, His suffering and His triumph, which indeed perpetuates for us His saving sacrifice on the cross, I am sure that I could never face the challenges of my life, my own weakness and sinfulness and my own need to reach out to the Living God."
Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos (1929 to Present)
Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy and
Cardinal-Priest of SS. Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano
"How do we obtain the Spirit of Christ, who makes us witnesses of his gift, if we do not return to the frequent and regular practice of individual Confession, and if we do not return to the experienced and lived celebration of the Mass, prolonged in Eucharistic adoration, which must once more have a place and time in our daily schedule?"
Bishop Thomas Vose Daily (1927 to Present)
Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Brooklyn, New York
"It is a time to renew our adoration of the one Lord, Jesus Christ, in the Eucharist. Jesus has loved us so much that every day, all day, he makes himself available in his Real Presence, under the appearance of bread and wine. Can you love anyone more totally than to give yourself completely to the beloved? Only God can do that, and we are his beloved."
"I challenge you to adore Jesus Christ perpetually in the Eucharist...If you accept perpetual adoration, there will be a multitude of vocations...I think we have to be serious about the Eucharist and our faith...(Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration could be) the most important solitary program in this diocese now and in the future."
"The Rosary, especially prayed in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, is a powerful means of spiritual grace. In all of our efforts to promote the sanctity of human life, prayer is our first and strongest resource. May we rely upon the power of our Lord's presence in the Blessed Sacrament and the intercession of His Blessed Mother to guide and help us in fostering a greater respect for human life and an end to abortion in our society."
Bishop Raymond E. Goedert (1927 to Present)
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois
"Jesus has singled you out and commissioned you to attract other people who will be as devoted to the Eucharist as you are, people who will be willing to spend quality time in the presence of Jesus. The more you spread devotion to the Eucharistic Presence, the more you get others to pray for the conversion of us priests, the more will the wounds in today’s Church be healed. Pray for priests. Pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. You, the laity, have the power to save the Church!...What a mission he has entrusted to you! What a privilege that He has asked you to join with Him in saving the Church!"
Cardinal Jozef Tomko (1924 to Present)
President Emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses and
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Sabina
"(At you Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration) do you know how to adore? It is simple: like the simple peasant of Ars, of the parish of St. John Vianney who stayed a long time in front of the tabernacle, doing what? Nothing special – 'I look at Him and He looks at me.' You can try it: start to look and think that He is looking at you. When your gaze crosses, you are at the beginning of a new adventure in your life."
Mother Angelica (1923 to Present)
Founder of the EWTN Catholic Television Network
"The greatest thing in the world that you can do is to encourage others and yourself to participate in perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It is the real presence of Jesus on earth. The blessings that come upon you and your family will be phenomenal."
Cardinal Francis George (1937 to 2015)
Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Chicago and Cardinal
"This is a real presence which includes every dimension of who Jesus is: body and blood, human soul and divine person. The consecrated Eucharistic species are the Lord and therefore command our adoration. We do not adore ourselves, nor the ordained priest, nor the Bible, even though these are vehicles for Christ's spiritual presence; we do adore the Eucharist, this blessed sacrifice made really present sacramentally."
"Our lives are transformed through frequent contact with the Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament. It is impossible to spend extended periods of time with Christ, adoring him, thanking him and uniting our wills to his, and not have him change our lives. One of the most encouraging developments in the prayer life of the archdiocese in recent years is the growth of Eucharistic Adoration in the parishes."
"Objections to Eucharistic adoration come from a misreading of history and from erroneous sacramental theology. Because adoration of the Lord in the Eucharist arose in an era when people did not receive Holy Communion every Sunday, the practice of adoration is sometimes dismissed as an aberration, a substitute for receiving Communion. This is not a Catholic reading of history. The development of devotion to the Lord in his Eucharistic presence is not a “falling away” from some imagined pristine purity; it is evidence of a greater appreciation of who the Eucharist is... Likewise, adoration of the Lord in the Sacred Host is not in competition with the liturgical action of the Sacrifice of the Mass. To speak disdainfully, as some occasionally have, of “objectifying” Christ in the Host is to speak heretically. Pope Paul VI wrote: “The Catholic Church…offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession” (Mysterium fidei, 56). It seems strange to me that we should lift high the book of Gospels, which remains only a book, but be embarrassed to elevate the consecrated host, which is the Body of the Lord. It is a good thing to find a prominent and visible place in the church for the blessed oils and consecrated chrism which are used in the sacraments, but they remain oil and chrism; how strange it is that we should be fighting over whether or not people should be able to spot without too much inconvenience the place where the Eucharist is reserved. The Eucharist is a mystery of faith; to dismiss Eucharistic adoration is to weaken the faith."
Cardinal Edward Egan (1932 to 2015)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York
"For with extraordinary solemnity they (the Council of Trent) approved and encouraged 'adoration' of the Blessed Sacrament at all times....
It follows, therefore, that just as we move into a more loving relationship with our Eucharistic Lord when we share in His sublime, sacrificial prayer at Mass, so too we move into a more loving relationship with Him when we kneel in prayer before Him present in the tabernacles of our churches and chapels. We are there. He is there. We speak to Him. He speaks to us. Love is exchanged, and the miracle of growth in holiness is worked quietly, tenderly, powerfully.
There is, of course, no one simple formula for attaining sanctity through the Eucharist. Learning more about this incredibly marvelous gift of the Lord is a first step. Frequent participation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is another. And spending time in quiet, loving prayer before the Blessed Sacrament is a third."
Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua (1923 to 2012)
Cardinal Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Because Eucharistic Adoration is an intense encounter with Jesus Christ, many find that such extended periods of prayer make them somehow different, somehow better. People who pray regularly before the Blessed Sacrament become more tranquil, more patient, more charitable and more forgiving. Actually, they become more holy. No matter what attracts people to come to Eucharistic Adoration, many are learning that prayer before the Blessed Sacrament can and will transform them and make them more like Christ."
Archbishop John F. Donoghue (1928 to 2011)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia
"I just think the Lord is blessing us in this way (with many vocations) for adoring him in the Eucharist. I believe that we are doing so well in this regard (vocations) because the Lord is thanking us in a way for (all of our Eucharistic Adoration)."
"God has given us the life and death and resurrection of His Son. Now we must respond by giving ourselves devotedly to His real presence."
Fr. Jean Galot, S.J. (1919 to 2008)
Theologian and Professor at Gregorian University
"By His Eucharistic presence, Christ dwells in our midst. Out of love He has enriched the Church with His unceasing presence. As God in former days dwelt in the temple of Jerusalem, He now lives in our churches and chapels. He invites us to remain in close contact with Him. Through Eucharistic adoration we concentrate our attention on Him as we yield to the fascination of His invisible gaze. Opening our heart, we entrust all our petitions to Him."
Cardinal Avery Dulles (1918 to 2008)
Cardinal Deacon and great Catholic Theologian
"Christ is present by his dynamic power and action in all the sacraments, but in the Eucharist, His presence is, in addition, substantial. For this reason, the Eucharist may be adored. It is the greatest of all sacraments."
Cardinal Eduoard Gagnon (1918 to 2007)
Cardinal and President of the Pontifical Council For The Family
"Many of the laity in all parts of the world have asked their priests to re-establish Holy Hours, the Forty Hours devotion, First Friday adoration, and perpetual or night adoration. The faithful would like to see their priests in silent (and, I would say, willing) adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, for the priest who spends time in adoration celebrates Mass with more piety and with more edification of the faith of the people."
"It is not true that the Council has invited priests to abandon the daily visit to the Blessed Sacrament. It invites them, rather, to 'prize daily conversation with Christ the Lord in visits of personal devotion to the most Holy Eucharist' (P.O., no. 18). "
Fr. Roland Huot (1910 to 2006)
Superior General of Congregation Of The Blessed Sacrament
"Adorers are among those towards whom Saint Joseph tends to be partial. They can count on him first of all because they are seeking a master who will teach them how to offer worship to God and share his function of helper of the Universal Church as they kneel before the Blessed Sacrament." (From the article "St. Joseph and the Adorer")
"The purpose of exposition (of the Blessed Sacrament) is not only to awaken a sense of wonderment and adoration as we dwell on the reality of the presence of Christ before us. It also brings to mind the benefits that can be derived... it is often said today that through exposition we are exposed to the Blessed Sacrament in such a way as to receive the abundant fruits that come with the life-giving Presence of Christ given for the life of the world."
Cardinal Jan Pieter Schotte (1928 to 2005)
President of the Office Of Labor Of The Apostolic See
"If you want to have a true relation to God, you have to go down on your knees before God."
Fr. Richard Foley, S.J. (???? to 2003)
Jesuit Priest and Catholic author
"We pay the Blessed Sacrament the supreme homage of divine adoration and worship (latria), because He who is there present is the God of heaven and earth, the all-holy Word-made-flesh, our first beginning and our last end."
S.D. Cardinal F.X. Nguyen Van Thuan (1928-2002)
Cardinal Deacon of Santa Maria della Scalla & Archbishop of Saigon
Eucharistic Adoration brings great consolation especially during times of extreme hardship. The Servant Of God, Cardinal Nyuyen Van Thuan, was imprisoned by the communists in Vietnam for 13 years. Under the cover of darkness, unbeknownst to his captors, he managed to say Mass every night for his fellow prisoners and even held Eucharistic Adoration. He stated: "At night, the prisoners took turns and spent time in adoration. The Blessed Sacrament helped tremendously. Even Buddhists and other non-Christians were converted. The strength of the love of Jesus is irresistible. The darkness of the prison turned into light, the seed germinated silently in the storm."
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