Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien (1939 to Present)
"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
"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)
"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."
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
Kreeft (1939 to Present)
"Adoration will heal our Church and thus our nation and thus our
world...Adoration is more powerful for construction than nuclear bombs are
"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
"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)
"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 Francis George (1937 to Present)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago and
Cardinal-Priest of S. Bartolomeo all’Isola
"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
"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 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
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
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
"(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."
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,
"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
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
"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
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa (1934 to
"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)
"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)
"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)
"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)
"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
"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
"...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
"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
"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)
"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 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)
"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
"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)
"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)
"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
"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)
"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
"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."
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
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)
"(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)
"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
Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua
(1923 to 2012)
"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
"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
"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)
"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
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)
"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
you want to have a true relation to God, you have to go down on your knees
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
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."