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
Cardinal John J. Carberry (1904 to
Cardinal and Archbishop of
"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
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 William Giaquinta (1914 to 1994)
Bishop 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
King Baudouin Of Belgium (1930 to 1993)
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.
Joseph Escriva (1902 to 1975)
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
Blessed James Alberione (1884 to 1971)
Founder of the Society Of St. Paul and the Daughters Of St.
"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
"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."
Blessed Maria Cardoza (1875 to 1967)
Cofounder of the Augustinian Recollects Of The Heart Of Jesus
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.
Gaetano Catanoso (1879 to 1963)
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
Wife, Mother, and Physician
Smile at Jesus who you approach at Mass, in Holy Communion and in
Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey (1875 to
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)
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.
is our first duty in this life and to plead lack of time for it is an insult
Blessed Alexandrina da Costa (1904
20th Century Mystic
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
"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."
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)
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
St. Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga (1901 to 1952)
Lawyer, Social Worker and founder of El Hogar De Cristo
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)
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
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
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
"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
St. Pedro De Jesus Maldonado (1892
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
Blessed Victoria Diez
Bustos De Molino (1862-1937)
Laywoman. Teacher, and member of the Teresian Assoc.
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
"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
St. Andre Bessette (1845 to 1937)
"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
Bl. Mary Of The Angels
Ginard Marti (1894 to 1936)
& Sister in Cong. Of The Zealous Sisters Of Euch. Adoration
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
"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