St. Peter Canisius (1521 to 1597)
The Church and Confessor
Do we hesitate to
cover a particular hour of adoration at our local Eucharistic Adoration
Chapel? We should follow the example of St. Canisius who was 'on fire' for
the love of the Eucharist and would spend hours in Eucharistic Adoration.
His love for the Blessed Sacrament is reflected in his writings: "Why do we
speak of someone being 'on fire with love?' The answer is simple. Fire not
only strives for union with what it embraces, but seeks to transform
whatever it embraces into itself. Love does likewise. As it happens to a
coal, to be changed and totally converted into fire, so by a worthy
reception of the Eucharist, we become changed in a wonderful manner into
Christ, are made partakers of His divine nature, and grow somehow to be the
very blood-brother (blood-sister) of Him (Jesus Who is), Our Head." St.
Canisius was the instigator in having the Council Of Trent pass a little
known decree urging the daily reception of Holy Communion.
Philip Neri (1515 to 1595)
Founder of the
Congregation Of The Oratory, and a Italian Priest
the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to the Blessed Virgin are not simply the
best way, but in fact are the only way to conserve purity.... Chastity is
not possible without the Eucharist."
"Can you feel the fragrance of
Paradise which diffuses Itself from the Tabernacle?"
St. Paschal Baylon (1540 to 1592)
Friar and called greatest Saint of the Eucharist
Kneel Down! Do you not see on high the golden Chalice and the bright rays
darting from the Host? It is the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. The Angels
are adoring It. Come let us join our adoration to theirs."
St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568 to 1591)
St. Aloysius spent a lot of time in prayer
especially before the Blessed Sacrament. So much so that when it came time
to make a painting of him it was decided to make it of him kneeling in
adoration before of our Lord Jesus. His love for the Blessed Sacrament
was so great and his visits to our beloved Lord so frequent that at one
point in his life his Doctor and his Superiors were worried about his health
and ordered him to lessen his hours of adoration.
St. Polydore Plasden (1563 to 1591)
and English Priest
Do we have enough faith in the Real Presence
to sacrifice an hour of our time each week and cover a particular hour of
Eucharistic Adoration? St. Plasden, one of the Forty Martyrs of England, had
such great faith in the Presence of Christ in the Eucharist that he accepted
death, by hanging, rather than to renounce the Blessed Sacrament.
St. Charles Borromeo (1538 to 1584)
and Archbishop of Milan Italy
His concern for proper adoration of
the Blessed Sacrament prompted him to issue detailed regulations regarding
the conduct and unbroken continuity of the Forty Hours Devotion.
St. Teresa Of Avila (1515 to 1582)
The Church and Mystic
"I am quite sure that if we could but once
approach the Most Holy Sacrament with great faith and
love, it would suffice to make us rich. How much more so if we approach it
"In the presence of Jesus in the Holy Sacrament we ought to
be like the Blessed in heaven before the Divine Essence."
mine … You came into the world for me; for me You underwent severe trials;
For me You suffered many lashes; for me You remain in the most Blessed
"To converse with You, O King of glory, no third person
is needed. You are always ready in the Sacrament of the Altar to give
audience to all. All who desire You always find You there, and converse with
You face to face."
"Christians, this is the hour to defend your King
and to keep Him company in the profound isolation in which He finds Himself.
How few, O Lord, are the servants who remain faithful to You!"
"Here on earth it is impossible to perform a more meritorious act
than visiting Jesus often in the Holy Eucharist."
St. Francis Borgia (1510 to 1572)
Priest and Superior General Of The Society Of Jesus
Can we spare
but one hour a week and commit to covering a special specific hour with
Jesus? Many Saints thought Eucharist Adoration so important that they would
go out of their way to adore our beloved Lord several times a day. St.
Francis would make seven visits to the Blessed Sacrament everyday.
St. Stanislaus Kostka (1550 to 1568)
Polish novice of the Society Of Jesus
He took advantage of every
free moment to go and visit Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament and when he
couldn’t make it on occasion he asked his Guardian Angel to go make the
visit for him.
St. Peter Of Alcantara (1499 to 1562)
Founder of the Alcantarines & St. Teresa of Avila spiritual director
"Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament has His hands full of graces and He is
ready to bestow them on anyone who asks for them."
St. Ignatius Of Loyola (1491 to 1556)
Founder of the Society Of Jesus (Jesuits)
"To withdraw from
creatures and repose with Jesus in the Tabernacle is my delight; there I can
hide myself and seek rest. There I find a life which I cannot describe, a
joy which I cannot make others comprehend, a peace such as is found only
under the hospitable roof of our best Friend."
"Jesus in the
Tabernacle protects me against all my enemies, evil sprits, the world, my
own wicked passions and evil inclinations. He is my support in weakness, my
comfort in suffering, my weapon in combat, my refreshment in heat, food for
my hungry soul, my stimulus when I am exhausted. He is my Heaven on earth."
St. Francis Xavier (1506 to 1552)
and cofounder of the Society Of Jesus
St. Francis Xavier after
preaching and baptizing all day would often spend the night in prayer before
the Blessed Sacrament.
John Of God (1495 to 1550)
Brothers Hospitallers Of St. John God
"Love our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist
above all things in the world."
Thomas More (1477 to 1535)
Martyr and Lord
Chancellor of England
"Give me the grace to long for Your holy
sacraments, and especially to rejoice in the presence of Your body, sweet
Savior Christ, in the holy sacrament of the altar."
John Fisher (1469 to 1535)
and Bishop of Rochester England
Thru his fervent adoration of
the Blessed Sacrament St. John Fisher was prepared for martyrdom. He spent
many hours in Eucharistic Adoration and once chided a nonbeliever who denied
the doctrine of the Real Presence saying: "Had you but tasted one drop of
the sweetness which inebriates the souls of those who are religious in their
worship of the Sacrament, you would never have written as you have."
St. Catherine Of Genoa (1447 to 1510)
Widow and 15th/16th Century Mystic
"Any time spent before the
Eucharistic presence, be it long or short, is the best-spent time of our