Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (Pope 2005 - 2013)
Quotes On The Importance Of Eucharistic Adoration
2000 - "The Spirit Of The Liturgy"
"(Eucharistic) Adoration is not opposed to Communion, nor is it merely added
to it. Communion only reaches its true depths when it is supported and
surrounded by Adoration."
Sept. 2003 - "God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, The
Heart Of Life" (Ignatius Press)
"Let us take time, in the course of
the week, in passing, to go in and spend a moment with the Lord who is so
"This is what is lovely about Catholic churches, that
within them there is, as it were, always worship, because the Eucharistic
presence of the Lord dwells always within them."
"Let us beseech the Lord to
reawaken in us the joy at his presence and that we may once more adore him. Without adoration, there is no transformation of the world."
"The adoration of the Lord in the
sacrament is also an education in sensitizing our conscience. "Christ comes
into the hearts of our brothers and sisters and visits their consciences'. When the conscience becomes dulled, this lets in the violence that lays
waste the world."
"Only within the breathing space of
adoration can the Eucharistic celebration indeed be alive. ... Communion and
adoration do not stand side by side, or even in opposition, but are
April 20, 2005 - Homily At Vatican
"I ask everyone to intensify in
coming months love and devotion to the Eucharistic Jesus and to express in a
courageous and clear way the real presence of the Lord."
Aug. 28, 2005 - Address After Angelus
"(Eucharistic) Adoration is not a luxury but a priority...".
Oct. 15, 2005 - Catechitical Meeting With Children
"...(Eucharistic) Adoration is recognizing that Jesus
is my Lord, that Jesus shows me the way to take, and that I will live well
only if I know the road that Jesus points out and follow the path he shows
me. Therefore, adoration means saying: "Jesus, I am yours. I
will follow you in my life, I never want to lose this friendship, this
communion with you". I could also say that adoration is essentially an
embrace with Jesus in which I say to him: "I am yours, and I ask you, please
stay with me always"."
Oct. 25, 2005 - Message To Dutch Youth
"Go to the encounter with Him in the
Blessed Eucharist, go to adore Him in the churches, kneeling before the
Tabernacle: Jesus will fill you with His love and will reveal to you the
thoughts of His Heart. If you listen to Him, you will feel ever more deeply
the joy of belonging to His Mystical Body, the Church, which is the family
of his disciples held close by the bond of unity and love."
Dec. 22, 2005 - Address To Roman Curia
"The development of Eucharistic
Adoration in the Middle Ages was the most coherent consequence of the
March 2, 2006 - Comments In A Meeting With Priests Of The Rome Diocese About Their Efforts In
Establishing Perpetual Adoration
"Perpetual (Eucharistic) Adoration is a
neurological point of the life of faith."
"I only wish to thank God...(that Perpetual
Eucharistic) Adoration has been reborn everywhere in the Church."
"Adoration is to enter into profound heartfelt
communion with the Lord, who makes Himself bodily present in the Eucharist.
In the monstrance, He always entrusts Himself to us and asks us to be united with
His Presence, with his risen Body."
May 25, 2006 - Address To Priests In Poland
"There is a need for silent adoration of Jesus
concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and
teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light,
particularly to those who are suffering."
June 15, 2006 - Homily On The Solemnity Of Corpus Christi
"When, in adoration, we look at the consecrated Host, the sign of creation speaks
to us. And so, we encounter the greatness of his gift; but we also encounter
the Passion, the Cross of Jesus and his Resurrection. Through this gaze of
adoration, he draws us toward Himself, within His mystery, through which He
wants to transform us as He transformed the Host."
Sept. 11, 2006 - Homily in Alloting, Germany
"Only by adoring this presence do we
learn how to receive Him properly. ... Let us love being with the Lord! There we can speak with Him about everything. We can offer Him our
petitions, our concerns, our troubles. Our joys. Our gratitude, our
disappointments, our needs and our aspirations. There we can also constantly
ask Him: 'Lord send laborers into Your harvest! Help me to be a good worker
in Your vineyard!'."
Oct. 16, 2006 - Speech
"(Eucharistic) adoration must precede our
every activity and programme, that it may render us truly free and
that we may be given the criteria for our action."
Nov. 2006 - Benedictus: Day By Day With Pope Benedict XVI (Ignatius Press)
"Today we run the risk of having our churches
turned into museums and ending like museums: If they are not closed, they are
pillaged. They have no life. The measure of the Church's vitality, the measure
of its interior openness, will be reflected in the fact that its doors remain
open, precisely because it is a church where there is constant prayer. The
Eucharist, and the community that celebrates it, will be full in the measure
in which we prepare ourselves in silent prayer before the presence of the Lord
and become persons who want to communicate with truth."
"The Eucharist means God has answered: The Eucharist
is God as an answer, as an answering presence. Now the initiative no longer lies with
us, in the God-man relationship, but with Him, and it now becomes really serious.
That is why, in the sphere of Eucharistic adoration, prayer attains a new level; now
it is two-way, and so now it really is a serious business."
Feb. 22, 2007 - Sacrementum Caritatis (The Sacrament Of Charity) Post-Synodal Exhortation
heartily recommend to the Church's pastors and to the People of God the
practice of Eucharistic adoration, both individually and in community."
"(Adoration) enables the faithful to experience the liturgical
celebration more fully and more fruitfully."
"The act of adoration outside Mass
prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the
liturgical celebration itself."
"Only in adoration can profound and genuine reception
(of the Eucharist) mature."
"This personal encounter with the Lord...strengthens
the social mission contained in the Eucharist, which seeks to break down not only the
walls that separate the Lord and ourselves, but also and especially the walls that
separate us from one another."
Oct. 6, 2007 - Address After Angelus
"In life today, often noisy and dispersive, it is
more important than ever to recover the capacity for inner silence and
recollection. Eucharistic adoration permits this, not only centred on the
"I" but more so in the company of that "You" full of love who is Jesus
Christ, "the God who is near to us".."
May 22, 2008 - Homily On The Solemnity Of Corpus Christi
"Adoring the God of Jesus Christ, who out of love made
himself bread broken, is the most effective and radical remedy against the idolatry of
the past and of the present."
"Adoring the Body of Christ, means believing that there,
in that piece of Bread, Christ is really there, and gives true sense to life, to the immense
universe as to the smallest creature, to the whole of human history as to the most brief
existence. Adoration is prayer that prolongs the celebration and
Eucharistic communion and in which the soul continues to be nourished: it is
nourished with love, truth, peace; it is nourished with hope, because the
One before whom we prostrate ourselves does not judge us, does not crush us
but liberates and transforms us."
Nov. 17, 2010 - Speech At General Audience At Vatican
"Faithfully encountering the Eucharistic Christ at Sunday Mass is essential for our
journey of faith, but let us also seek to visit the Lord frequently, before
His presence in the Tabernacle. ...By gazing at Him in adoration the Lord
draws us to Him, to His mystery, in order to transform us as He transforms
the bread and wine."
Dec. 22, 2011 - Speech At General Audience At Vatican
"(Eucharistic) Adoration is primarily an act of faith
the act of faith as such. God is not just some possible or impossible
hypothesis concerning the origin of all things. He is present. And if he is
present, then I bow down before him. Then my intellect and will and heart
open up towards him and from him. In the risen Christ, the incarnate God is
present, who suffered for us because he loves us. We enter this certainty of
God's tangible love for us with love in our own hearts. This is adoration,
and this then determines my life. Only thus can I celebrate the Eucharist
correctly and receive the body of the Lord rightly."
Oct. 12, 2012 - Message To Young People
"I also encourage you to practise Eucharistic
adoration. Time spent in listening and talking with Jesus present in
the Blessed Sacrament becomes a source of new missionary enthusiasm.."
Other Pope Benedict XVI Eucharistic Adoration Quotes
"We cannot live, we cannot look at the truth
about ourselves without letting ourselves be looked at and generated by Christ
in daily Eucharistic Adoration."
"From (Eucharistic) Adoration compassion is
born for all men, and from this compassion the thirst is born to evangelize."
"There is another aspect of prayer which we
need to remember: silent contemplation. Saint John, for example, tells us that
to embrace God's revelation we must first listen, then respond by proclaiming
what we have heard and seen. Have we perhaps lost something of the art of listening?
Do you leave space to hear God's whisper, calling you forth into goodness? Friends,
do not be afraid of silence or stillness, listen to God, adore Him in the Eucharist.
Let His word shape your journey as an unfolding of holiness."
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