Jose Maria Rubio, S.J. (1864 to 1929)
Priest known as the Apostle Of Madrid
The Saints knew that the
source of strength for their ministries were the Mass and Eucharistic
Adoration. This was especially true of St. Rubio who found intense prayer
before our Eucharistic Lord essential before going out to minister to the
poor of Madrid. He encouraged Eucharistic Adoration as a daily form of our
prayer life and wrote: "Are you truly making an effort to adore God? In this
Sacred Host lies the whole of His omnipotence, all His wisdom, the perfect
goodness of Jesus Christ, since therein rests His living heart as it is also
in heaven. When we adore in this way, we adore in spirit and in truth."
S.D. Fr. Lukas Etlin, O.S.B.
(1864 to 1927)
Priest with a great love for
"Jesus will grant the petitions of the Faithful in
His Eucharistic Presence sooner than in any other place. The Saints realized
this, and in all their trials and sufferings they hastened to Jesus in the
Blessed Jose Dionisio
Luis Padilla Gomez (1899-1927)
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 Jose Gomez was no exception as he would spend long hours in
adoration before our beloved Lord. This prepared him to accept martyrdom
later in his life.
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901
Italian Priest called the Man Of The
Eight Beatitudes at beatification
All of Blessed Pier's actions
began with the contemplation of Jesus. He felt a strong constant urge to be
near the Blessed Sacrament and would spend the whole night in adoration when
it was offered.
"When you are totally consumed by the Eucharistic
fire, then you will be able more consciously to thank God, who has called
you to become part of His family. Then you will enjoy the peace that those
who are happy in this world have never experienced, because true happiness,
oh young people, does not consist in the pleasures of this world, or in
earthly things, but in peace of conscience, which we only have if we are
pure of heart and mind,"
Matt Talbot (1856 to 1925)
Franciscan known for doing great penances
"How can anyone be
lonely, with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament?"
Blessed Edward Poppe (1890 to 1924)
Blessed Edward knew he needed a great deal of strength for
his priesthood and he found it in his many hours in Eucharistic adoration.
In his intimate hours of adoration he would sometimes say to Jesus "Oh
Jesus, how little men love you! At least the two of us love each other." He
would often console young people to stay close to our Eucharistic Lord.
"Oftentimes, I just stay
there, simply seated (in Eucharistic Adoration), receiving food. This calm
unconscious repose does me good. I am nourished, my strength returns."
Fr. Henry Parkinson (Msgr.) (1852
"The hour of (Eucharistic) adoration proclaims emphatically and practically
a central doctrine of the Catholic Faith. It gives prominence to those
elementary acts of worship, which all must recognize as pre-eminently due to
God under the veils of the Most Holy Sacrament: Adoration of His majesty;
Thanksgiving for His unbounded goodness; Separation for the perverse
willfulness of men; Supplication for all human needs."
S.D. Sister Josefa Menendez (1890 to 1923)
20th Century Mystic and Sister of the Society Of The Sacred
Jesus conveyed to Servant of God Sr. Menendez, through many
messages, His loneliness in the Blessed Sacrament and the importance of
Eucharistic Adoration to console Him - "Contemplate me in the prison (during
my Passion) where I spent the greater part of the night...Compare the prison
with the Tabernacle...In the prison I endured cold, sleeplessness, hunger
and thirst, pain, shame, solitude, and desertion. And there passed before My
mind's eye all the tabernacles where in the course of ages I should lack the
shelter of love...And how often should I wait for this or that other soul to
visit Me in the Blessed Sacrament and receive Me into his heart...how many
nights should I spend longing for his coming...but he would let business or
carelessness or anxiety for his health get the better of him...and he would
not come! Gaze steadfastly upon Him during that night of pain and see that
sorrow continued in the loneliness of countless tabernacles and the coldness
of many hearts. Comfort Me in My sorrow by keeping Me faithful company..."
Jesus also told Sister Josefa that at the Last Supper "It was bliss for Me to think of all those to
whom I should be both Companion and Heavenly Food, of all those who would
surround Me to the end of time with adoration, reparation and love."
St. Jozef Bilczewski (1860 to 1923)
Archbishop of Lviv, Ukraine and a professor of Theology
"St Jozef Bilczewski was a man of prayer. The Holy Mass, the Liturgy of the
Hours, meditation, the Rosary and other pious practices formed part of his
daily life. A particularly long time was dedicated to Eucharistic
adoration... The deep knowledge of theology, faith and Eucharistic devotion
of Jozef Bilczewski made him an example for priests and a witness for all
the faithful". (Pope Benedict XVI, Oct. 15 2006 homily during St. Jozef canonization)
Blessed Columba Marmion (1858 to 1923)
Irish Monk and author of many Catholic books considered
"Wouldn’t it indeed be a failure of respect to neglect
the divine Guest who awaits us in the tabernacle? He dwells there, really
present, He who was present in the crib, at Nazareth, upon the mountains of
Judea, at the Last Supper, upon the cross. He is there, the same Christ who
healed the lepers, stilled the tempest, and promised to the good thief a
place in His kingdom. We find there our Savior, our Friend, our elder
Brother, in the fullness of His almighty power, in the ever-fruitful virtue
of His mysteries, the infinite superabundance of His merits, and the
ineffable mercy of His love."
"Once you feel the attraction to remain
in the silence of adoration in God’s presence, you must give yourself
entirely to the Holy Spirit and remain there in pure faith. If God gives you
no feeling, no sentiment, no distinct thought, just be there before Him in
silent love. During such moments He operates insensibly in the soul and does
more for her perfection than she could in a lifetime by her own thoughts."
St. Filippo Smaldone (1848 to 1923)
Eucharistic League Of Priest Adorers (and one for women)
of the Saints found the strength for their ministries from Eucharistic
Adoration. St. Smaldone was no different. He was a "priest with a great
heart nourished continuously on prayer and Eucharistic Adoration" according
to Pope Benedict XVI upon canonizing him. He went on to found the
"Eucharistic League Of Priest Adorers" and a "Eucharistic League For Women
Adorers", while also having a great apostolate for the deaf.
Blessed Maria Fortunata Viti (1827 to
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. Blessed
Maria would make thirty visits a day to the Blessed Sacrament at one point
in her life.
St. Teresa Of Jesus Of The Andes (1900 to 1920)
"I abyss myself in His magnificence
and His wisdom but when I ponder His goodness, my heart can say nothing - I
can only Adore."
St. Zygmunt Gorazdowski (1845 to 1920)
Cardinal and Founder of the Congregation Of The Sisters Of St.
"St Zygmunt Gorazdowski also became famous for his
devotion founded on the celebration and adoration of the Eucharist. Living
Christ's offering urged him toward the sick, the poor and the needy... In
founding the Association of Priests, the Congregation of the Sisters of St
Joseph and many other charitable institutions, Zygmunt Gorazdowski always
allowed himself to be guided by the spirit of communion, fully revealed in
(Pope Benedict XVI, Oct. 15 2006 homily during St. Zygmunt canonization)
Our Lady Of Fatima (May 13 to October 13 1917)
Blessed Virgin Mary appeared at Fatima Portugal to 4 children
The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to 4 children six different times, at
Fatima, to place devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary alongside the well
established devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Among the many messages
and prayers she conveyed to the children was the importance of adoration of
the Most Blessed Sacrament. She requested the following prayer to be said
often: "Oh, Holy Trinity, we adore You. My God, my God, I love You in the
William Doyle (1873 to 1917)
"Do nothing without
consulting Him in the Tabernacle. But then act fearlessly, if you see it is
for His honor and glory, never minding what others may think or say. Above
all, 'cast your care upon the Lord and He shall sustain you', (Psalm 54.
23). Peace and calm in your soul, prayer ever on your lips, and a big love
in your heart for Him and His interests, will carry you very far."
"Real devotion to the Blessed Sacrament is only to be gained by hard,
grinding work of dry adoration before the Hidden God. But such a treasure
cannot be purchased at too great a cost, for once obtained, it makes of this
life as near an approach to heaven as we can ever hope for."
look of love to the Tabernacle causes a beat of grace-laden love in the
"As regards prayer, you should try to follow the
attraction of the Holy Spirit, for all souls are not led by the same path.
It would not be well to spend all the time in vocal prayer, there should be
some meditation, thought or contemplation. Try 'basking in the sun of God’s
love,' that is, quietly kneeling before the Tabernacle, as you would sit
enjoying the warm sunshine, not trying to do anything, except love Him; but
realizing that, during all the time you are at His feet, more especially
when dry and cold, grace is dropping down upon your soul and you are growing
fast in holiness."
"From the Tabernacle Jesus seems to say, 'Stay
with Me for it is towards evening and the day is now far spent'. This should
urge me to come to visit Him often."
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850 to
1st American Citizen to
be canonized, Patron of Immigrants
"In the shadow of Your
tabernacle I can enjoy that intimate union with You which is paradise on
"Pray always with Jesus, always remembering that a soul
united with Jesus can do everything..."
“Remember that the Blessed
Sacrament is like a pillar of fire that is our light and guide.”
Archbishop Thomas Joseph Carr (1839
Archbishop of Melbourne Australia
"Let us pay a visit to the Blessed Sacrament daily; 'Ecce Magister adest et
vocat te.' Let us during these visits, whether short or long, always make
acts of adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication. Let us make
some little return of love for the infinite love shown to us by Him whom
love keeps captive, day and night, on our altars."
Blessed Charles de Foucauld (1858 to
Martyr, Religious Priest
Jesus speaking to Blessed Charles - “In my unimaginable goodness, I did not
merely give myself to you at my birth for a few hours or years: I am still
in your hands, and shall be henceforth until the end of the world. Think of
the unending good fortune I brought you in my birth: the ability to serve
me—to serve me by serving your neighbor, to serve me myself, living there
near you in the tabernacle. Not only can you serve me, you can also console
me… How happy you should be to be able to console me at every moment of your
lives! By becoming so small, so gentle a child, I was crying out to you:
Have trust! Come close to me! Do not be afraid of me, come to me, give me
what children need: loving embraces. Do not be afraid, do not be so
frightened in the presence of such a gentle baby, smiling at you and holding
out his arms to you. He is your God, but he is all smiles and gentleness. Do
not be afraid”
"What a tremendous delight, my God! To spend fifteen
hours without anything else to do but look at You and tell You, 'Lord I love
You!' Oh what sweet delight!"
"The goal of every human life
should be the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament."
St. Luigi Guanella (1842 to 1915)
Priest and Founder of 3 Religious Orders
"Legions of angels
surround the tabernacle in adoration."
"The earth is filled with
tabernacles - Praise Him!"
"The Holy Eucharist visited us daily
becomes our heaven."
"A community of adorers becomes a family of
"Jesus awaits your adoration in the Eucharist."
beautiful to see the people of God praying before the Blessed Sacrament
"The fountain of holy love is in Jesus Christ and we have
Jesus with us in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. From that
throne of love, how often He enlightens the minds of His children, and how
many again find their peace of heart."
Ven. Louise Margaret
Claret De La Touche (1868-1915)
Nun who received revelations of God's Infinite Love
"The love of
God presupposes faith, but faith does not really come alive and operative
until it is animated by charity. Consequently, dear confreres, as we
zealously try to enlighten minds, we ought not to forget that which can
inflame hearts - Eucharistic adoration, the holy practice of frequent
Fr. Patrick Augustine Sheehan (1852
Irish Priest and Catholic author
"Priests-Adorers, let us close in our ranks about the Tabernacle! Let us
watch with jealous care over this Divine treasure committed to our charge.
Let us weep and mourn before the Lord Jesus, so cruelly outraged in the
Sacrament of His supreme love. May our ceaseless acts of reparation appease
the divine anger, and disarm the awful vengeance of God! Let us multiply our
hours of adoration, let us bring our faithful people to the foot of the
Blessed Mary Of The Passion (1866 to
Mystic, Stigmatic, and Foundress of the
Missionaries Of Mary
Are we to busy to volunteer to cover
an hour of Eucharistic Adoration a week? Blessed Mary of the Passion spent
many hours in Eucharistic Adoration. Listen to what the child Jesus,
appearing to Blessed Mary, once told her: "I am in the Eucharist to dispense
graces and extend mercy, but I receive only ingratitude, profanity and
sacrileges...My beloved one, you make reparation with your adoration done in
commend (to you) especially early daily worship (of) Jesus in the Eucharist.
Love much Jesus in the Blessed Eucharist..."
St. Arcangelo Tadini (1846 to 1912)
of the Congregation Of Worker Sisters Of The Holy House Of Nazareth
Do we hesitate to signup for just one hour a week at our local
Eucharistic Adoration Program? Most Saints would go much farther then this.
That is what made them Saints. St. Tadini would spend long hours standing in
Eucharistic Adoration, absorbed in the contemplation of God, despite a
severe disability. He drew strength from adoration and prayer, the center of
his life, to go and administer his duties as a Priest.
St. Candida Maria Of Jesus (1845 to
Foundress of the Congregation Of The
Daughters Of Jesus
The easiest road to to becoming a Saint
includes much Eucharistic Adoration in ones spiritual life. St. Canidida
Maria knew this as she would spend long hours in adoration of the Most
Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle. She tried to stress the importance of
this practice to all who entered her order.
Marie Marthe Emilia Tamisier (1834 to
Initiator of several
All of us should follow our Saints
examples of great love for the Blessed Sacrament and volunteer to cover a
specific hour of Eucharistic Adoration. From childhood Marie Tamisier had
such a love and devotion to the Eucharist that she later became known as the
"Joan Of Arc of the Blessed Sacrament". She was one of the key collaborators
in organizing several of the first Eucharistic Congresses and her great wish
was for people throughout the world to have this same devotion and love for
the Eucharist she had. She wrote: "O Jesus, grant that Thy Eucharistic Life
may be my life. May the sufferings that You suffer in the Host, also be my
sufferings. And may I die after having loved Thee with all my heart!"
Venerable Germano Ruoppolo
(1850 to 1909)
Priest, Theologian and Sprirtual Director of St. Gemma Galgani
"Going through the street and passing before any church, I will enter there...
to make a devout genuflection to the Sacramental Jesus and send Him an affection
of the heart."
St. Mary Of The Cross (1842 to 1909)
Cofounder of the Sisters Of St. Joseph Of The Sacred Heart
Do we love Jesus enough to commit to spending one special specific hour
with him each week? St. Mary Of The Cross had a great devotion and love for
the Eucharist. She often spent long hours in prayer before the Blessed
Sacrament besides attending Mass and said: "Let us all resign ourselves into
His hands, and pray that in all things He may guide us to do His Holy
Will... When thoughts of this or that come I turn to Him and say: 'Only what
you will, my God. Use me as You will'."
St. Rapheal Kalinowski (1835 to 1907)
Carmelite Priest who founded many monasteries in Poland
"Our Redeemer ever present in the most Blessed Sacrament, extends His hands
to everyone. He opens His heart and says, ‘Come to Me, all of you’."
Blessed Elizabeth Of The Trinity
(1880 to 1906)
Carmelite Nun and
"(Before) the Blessed Sacrament exposed ...
Those are divine hours spent in this little corner of heaven where we
possess the vision in substance under the humble host. Yes, He whom the
blessed contemplate in light, and we adore in faith is really the same one."
Blessed Mary Assunta (1878 to 1905)
Frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament
were a hallmark of Blessed Mary's youth. She was found every Sunday
afternoon, alone in the Church, adoring the Eucharist before going on to
Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini
(1839 to 1905)
Founder of Scalabrinian
Fathers And Brothers, Bishop of Piacenza Italy
"When the Lord, in
His infinite goodness and mercy, shall grant that I see devotion to the
Eucharist deeply rooted in my beloved diocese, then there will be no more
for me to do but to exclaim with the prophet Simeon: 'Now thou dost release
thy servant, O Master, in peace because my eyes have seen the Savior thou
has given us loved, thanked and venerated by those who are in the time and
shall be in eternity my joy and my crown!'."
Blessed Clement Marchisio (1833 to
Founder of the Institute Of The
Daughters Of St. Joseph
Signup to cover an hour of Eucharistic
Adoration. It will bring you great strength especially during times of
trials and tribulations in your life. All the Saints knew this including
Blessed Marchisio who said: "You see, I too find myself sometimes
overwhelmed by the weight of trials; but after five minutes in front of the
Blessed Sacrament, which is our all, I feel entirely invigorated. Do the
same when you are depressed and discouraged."
St. Geltrude Commensoli (1847 to 1903)
Foundress of the Institute Of The Sisters Of The Blessed Sacrament
St. Geltrude had such a great love for the Blessed Sacrament that she
founded an order called the Institute Of The Sisters Of The Blessed
Sacrament with its primary purpose being Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.
In Pope Benedict XVI April 26th 2009 homily for the beatification of St.
Geltrude the Pope stated: "She reminds us that "adoration must prevail over
all the other charitable works", for it is from love for Christ who died and
rose and who is really present in the Eucharistic Sacrament, that Gospel
charity flows which impels us to see all human beings as our brothers and
Gemma Galgani (1878 to 1903)
Mystic and Stigmatic
"Every Thursday (night) I continued to make
the Holy Hour, but it sometimes happened that it would last even till 2:00am
because Jesus was with me; and nearly always He would make me share in that
sorrow which He felt in the Garden at the sight of so many of my sins and
those of the whole world. A sorrow which can well be compared to the agony
"Let us go to Jesus. He is all alone and hardly anyone
thinks of Him. Poor Jesus!"
"See, oh Jesus, even at night, those
hours, those hours! I sleep, but Jesus my heart does not sleep. It watches
with Thee at all hours."
Cardinal Herbert Alfred Vaughan (1832 to 1903)
Archbishop of Westminster England
Cardinal Vaughnan spent
an hour every night in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. He use to
say: "One does more good, to those one wants to do good to, by an hour before
the Blessed Sacrament than by going out."
Blessed Contardo Ferrini (1859 to
Layman, Canon Lawyer, Patron Saint of
Blessed Ferrini's life was practically an unbroken
elevation of his soul to God. He attended daily Mass and Eucharistic
Adoration often. He could be completely absorbed in adoration - so much so
that once he didn't notice someone stealing the mantle he was wearing across
St. Agostino Roscelli (1818 to 1902)
Founder of the Sisters Of The Immaculate
Volunteering for one
hour a week at our local Eucharistic Adoration program, and being faithful
to that hour, leads to a deep spiritual life. St. Roscelli developed a
genuine contemplative and mystical life from the long hours he spent in
front of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Prayer and adoration was his life and
whenever someone was trying to find this Saint they always checked the
Chapel first where they often found him. From Eucharistic Adoration he found
the strength and graces to go and administer his duties as a Priest.