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
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."
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
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.
Urban IV (1261 to 1264)
He instituted the Feast of
"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)
Nun who is original source for Corpus Christi Feast
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.
Pope Honorius III (1216 to 1257)
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. 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
"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
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
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
St. Francis Of Assisi (1181 to 1226)
Founder of the Franciscans, started Eucharistic Adoration in
"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.