19TH CENTURY SAINTS ADORATION QUOTES
The Importance Of Eucharistic Adoration
Martyr and Nun of the Franciscan Missionaries Of Mary“(Eucharistic) Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is half my life. The other half consists in loving Jesus and winning souls for Him.”
St. Sharbel Makhluf (1828 to 1898) Maronite Catholic Priest and Hermit in Lebanon Do we ever consider taking one of the tougher hours of our Eucharistic Adoration program – that is the night (early morning) hours? Many of our Saints considered these tougher hours the most rewarding. St. Sharbel had a great devotion to the Eucharist and would spend 11 hours at night in Eucharist Adoration before saying Mass in the morning.
St. Therese of Lisieux (1873 to 1897) Doctor of the Church and Carmelite Nun “Do you realize that Jesus is there in the Blessed Sacrament expressly for you, for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart.”
“Frequently, only silence can express my prayer. However, this Divine Guest of the tabernacle understands all, even the silence of a child's soul filled with gratitude. When I am before the tabernacle, I can say only one thing to Our Lord: 'My God, you know that I love you' and I feel my prayer does not tire Jesus."
“To bear the exile of this valley of tears I need the glance of my Divine Savior. This glance full of love has revealed its charms to me. It has made me sense the happiness of Heaven. My Jesus smiles at me when I sigh to Him. Then I no longer feel my trial of faith. My God’s Glance, His ravishing Smile, That is Heaven for me!”
“How I loved the feasts!…I especially loved the processions in honor of the Blessed Sacrament. What a joy it was for me to throw flowers beneath the feet of God!…I was never so happy as when I saw my roses touch the sacred Monstrance.”
Ven. Andrew Beltrami (1870 to 1897) Salesian Priest “Wherever I may be I will often think of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. I will fix my thoughts on the holy Tabernacle — even when I happen to wake up at night — adoring Him from where I am, calling to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, offering up to Him the action I am performing. I will install one telegraph cable from my study to the church, another from my bedroom, and a third from our refectory; and as often as I can, I will send messages of love to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.”
St. Caterina Volpicelli (1839 to 1894) Foundress of the Congregation Of The Servants Of The Sacred Heart With a great devotion to the Eucharist, and to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Caterina founded the Congregation Of The Servants Of the Sacred Heart and, at the request of Pope Leo XII, built a shrine in Ponticelli Italy for adoration and reparation. Throughout her life she strongly supported Eucharistic Adoration and took part in the first National Eucharistic Congress in Italy in 1891.
Bl. Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801 to 1890) Cardinal deacon of San Giorgia in Velabro basilica church in Rome “It is such an incomprehensible blessing to have Christ in bodily presence in one’s house, within one’s walls…To know that He is close by – to be able to visit Him, again and again, throughout the day…”
St. Damien The Leper (1840 to 1889) Missionary Priest “It is in the Blessed Sacrament that we find strength. Without my daily Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament, I could not have lasted one single day.”
Bl. Marie-Therese De Soubiran (1835 to 1889) Foundress of the Sisters Of Mary Auxilatrice Blessed Marie-Therese of Soubiran found Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament so important that she not only urged daily adoration for all but also urged one to prepare well for their visits before our beloved Lord. To the Sisters she was in charge of she wrote: “The Sisters must realize that to help them become saints, it is necessary to pray at night in order to obtain graces for the following day. The Sisters should use each day to prepare themselves for their night adoration.”
St. John Bosco (1815 to 1888) “Take refuge often at the feet of Jesus…My dear ones, the Visit to the Blessed Sacrament is an extremely necessary way to conquer the devil. Therefore, go often to visit Jesus and the devil will not come out victorious against you.”
St. Mary Joseph Rosello (1811 to 1888) Founder of the Daughters Of Our Lady Of Mercy “Go to Jesus. He loves you and is waiting for you to give you many graces. He is on the altar surrounded by angels adoring and praying. Let them make some room for you and join them in doing what they do.”
St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844 to 1879) The Mother of God appeared to her many times at Lourdes France “The Eucharist bathes the tormented soul in light and love. Then the soul appreciates these words, ‘Come all you who are sick, I will restore your health’.”
Bl. Marguerite Bays (1815 to 1879) Stigmatist and Laywomen Do we volunteer to cover an hour of Eucharistic Adoration at our local parish? This is what turns common Christians into great Saints. Virtually all the future saints did this, such as Blessed Marguerite who spent her whole life in the neighborhood she was born in. She had an immense love for Jesus in the Eucharist, before which she spent long hours in adoration at her local parish. She lived constantly in God’s presence.
St. Jeanne Jugan (1792 to 1879) Foundress of the Little Sisters Of The Poor “Go and find Him when your patience and strength run out and you feel alone and helpless. Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel. Say to Him, ‘Jesus, you know exactly what is going on. You are all I have, and you know all things. Come to my help.’ And then go, and don’t worry about how you are going to manage. That you have told God about it is enough. He has a good memory.”
Pope Pius IX (1792 to 1878) Longest serving Pope in history, convened First Vatican Council Pius IX, who declared the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, promoted Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration for the purpose of personal reparation for the wounds inflicted on Jesus. In 1868, for example, he granted permission for Perpetual Adoration to the Sisters Of The Second Order Of St. Dominic.
St. Catherine Laboure (1806 to 1876) The Mother of God appeared to her requesting the Miraculous Medal The Blessed Virgin speaking to St. Catherine – “Come to the foot of the altar. Graces will be shed on all, great and little, especially upon those who seek for them.”
“Whenever I go to the chapel, I put myself in the presence of our good Lord, and I say to him, ‘Lord, I am here. Tell me what you would have me to do’ . . . And then, I tell God everything that is in my heart. I tell him about my pains and my joys, and then I listen. If you listen, God will also speak to you, for with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen. God always speaks to you when you approach him plainly and simply.”
Venerable Leo Dupont (1806 to 1876) Known as Apostle Of The Holy Face Besides promoting devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus Venerable Leo promoted Eucharistic Adoration just as vigorously. In 1849 he helped set up night Eucharistic Adoration in Tours France and had a strong desire that this be established in every parish throughout the world: “When shall we see Our Lord honored day and night in every parish through the Catholic world? I love to cherish the hope!” He often would go and help establish this nocturnal adoration at various parishes.
“How short, above all, seems the (Eucharistic Adoration) hour which has fallen to our lot!…Some (read books) or simply say their rosaries, but the greater number place themselves as suppliants at the feet of our Lord, speak to Him, and receive good thoughts from Him; these last find the hour exceedingly short.”
Fr. Augustine Mary Of The Most Blessed Sacrament (1821 to 1871) Carmelite Priest who had a great devotion to the Eucharist “Yes, I am happy, perfectly happy; and do you wish to know where I find true happiness? At the feet of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament,…”
“I would strongly urge that, even as the Magdalene anointed the Lord’s feet with tears and perfumed oil, you too would pour out the perfume of constant prayer and contemplation at the foot of the tabernacle. I should like the Eucharist to become a burning flame for your soul, so that, immersed in that flame, it might emerge burning with love and great-heartedness. I should like to see this eucharistic altar, on which Jesus is sacrificed, accept your offering too, so that you may become a victim of love, whose perfume rises to the throne of the Eternal God!”
St. Anthony Mary Claret (1807 to 1870) Founder of Claretians and Archbishop in Santiago Cuba “The faith I have when I am in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament is so strong that I find it impossible to express what I feel….When the time comes to leave I must force myself to overcome the inclination to prolong my stay with Jesus.”
St. Peter Julian Eymard (1811 to 1868) “Today more than ever have we need of men who, by their self-immolation, disarm the anger of God inflamed by the ever increasing crimes of nations. We must have souls who by their importunity re- open the treasures of grace which the indifference of the multitude has closed. We must have true adorers; that is to say, men of fervor and of sacrifice.”
St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier (1796 to 1868) Founderess of the Sisters Of The Good Sheperd“To speak of the Blessed Sacrament is to speak of what is most sacred. How often, when we are in a state of distress, those to whom we look for help leave us; or what is worse, add to our affliction by heaping fresh troubles upon us. He is ever there waiting to help us.”
“The Blessed Sacrament is the first and supreme object of our worship. We must preserve in the depths of our hearts a constant and uninterrupted, profound adoration of this precious pledge of Divine Love.”
St. Maria Michaela Desmaisieres (1809 to 1865) Foundress of Handmaids Of The Blessed Sacrament And Of Charity When volunteering to cover an hour of Eucharistic Adoration the Saints considered the most difficult hours the most rewarding and would stay in adoration as long as possible. St. Maria Michaela would spend entire nights in adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament and became one of the Church’s strongest promoters of Eucharistic Adoration.
Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman (1802 to 1865) Archbishop of Westminster England “A visit to the Blessed Sacrament declares at once the simple, hearty, practical belief in the real presence of Christ, a plain conviction, a meeting with God face to face.”
Fr. Frederick William Faber (1814 to 1863) Theologian and famous Catholic author “Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament is the queen of all devotions. It is the central devotion of the Church. All others gather round it, and group themselves there as satellites; for others celebrate his mysteries; this is Himself. It is the universal devotion. No one can be without it, in order to be a Christian. How can a man be a Christian who does not worship the living Presence of Christ?”
St. Gabriel Possenti (1838 to 1862) Passionate Brother “There is more sweetness in one hour of prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament than in all the world’s crowded theaters, and brilliant drawing rooms, and giddy diversions, and social gatherings.”
St. Eugene De Mazeno (1782 to 1861) French Bishop & founded Missionary Oblates Of Mary Immaculate “I wish I could pass my life at the foot of the holy tabernacles in which our adorable Savior dwells.”
St. John Neumann (1811 to 1860) Bishop in Philadelphia and first American Bishop to be canonized Jesus speaking to St. John Neumann on establishing Forty Hours Devotion – “(I shall) pour out my grace in the Blessed Sacrament without prejudice to My honor. Fear no profanation, therefore; hesitate no longer to carry out your design for my glory.”
St. John Vianney (1786 to 1859) “Have a Holy Hour every week. Start praying. Pray for guidance and trust in God.”
St. Dominic Savio (1842 to 1857) He became the youngest non-martyr to be canonized a Saint “I need nothing in this world in order to be happy. I only need to see Jesus in Heaven whom I now see and adore on the altar with the eyes of faith.”
St. Theodore Guerin (1798 to 1856) Founder of Sisters Of Providence Of Saint-Mary-Of-The-Woods “If we truly knew how to appreciate it [the Holy Eucharist], it alone would fortify and sustain us.”
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (1769 to 1852) Founder of the Society Of The Sacred Heart St. Rose spent hours before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration. Sometimes her prayer would go long into the nighttime hours spending 6 to 8 hours before the Blessed Sacrament
Bl. Marie Rose Durocher (1811 to 1849) Foundress of the Sisters Of The Holy Names Of Jesus And Mary When we are puzzled or need some consolation in life where do we go? Blessed Marie Durocher’s answer was to go before our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration. She would advise people to “Ask Our Lady to help you. Ask her to entreat her Son to let you know what you should do.” Blessed Marie herself would spend many hours in adoration before our beloved Lord.
St. Marcellin Champagnat (1789 to 1840) Founder of the Marist Brothers “It is for us that, during eighteen hundred years, our divine Savior has remained day and night on our altars, that we may have recourse to Him in all our needs; and nothing so much afflicts His divine Heart as our ingratitude for such a favor, and our neglect to visit Him and ask His blessing.”
“If we knew how profitable those visits are, we should be constantly prostrate before the altar. The Saints understood this truth; they knew that Jesus Christ is the source of all grace, and whenever they encountered any difficulty or wished to obtain any particular favor, they ran to Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.”
“St. Francis Xavier, St. Francis Regis and others spent whole hours during the day and, frequently, a great part of the night at the foot of the altar; it was in these long interviews with Jesus Christ that they advanced the good works they had in hand, converted sinners, and obtained success in all their undertakings for the glory of God and their own sanctification.”
Bl. Anna Maria Taigi (1769 to 1837) Mother and a great Mystic of the 19th Century Anna Maria Taigi, one of the great mystics of the 19th century, achieved her sanctification by living the ordinary life of wife and mother in a spirit of Christian mission and compliance with God’s will. Her daily attendance at Mass and daily multiple visits to the most Blessed Sacrament were among the sources of her intense spiritual life.
Bl. Domenico Lentini (1770 to 1828) Italian Priest who was known as “An Angel of the Altar” One of the easiest ways to go to Heaven is to spend much time in Eucharistic Adoration. All of the Saints knew this such as Blessed Lentini who would spend hours adoring the Blessed Sacrament besides saying Mass with great fervor. Your local Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration program needs you to follow Blessed Lentini’s example of adoration and volunteer to cover an hour a week before our beloved Lord.
Bl. Mary Magdalene Of The Incarnation (1770-1824) Foundress of the Perpetual Adorers Of The Blessed Sacrament Blessed Mary Magdalene was called by Jesus directly when He told her, “I have chosen you to establish the work of perpetual adorers who, day and night, will offer me their humble adoration…”. She spent her whole life adoring Jesus in the Eucharist. Can we also follow Jesus wishes and commit just one hour a week out of our lives in adoring our beloved Lord? May Jesus be known, loved and adored by all, and be in every moment the receiver of thanksgiving in the most holy and most divine sacrament.”
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774 to 1821) Founder of the Sisters Of Charity in the United States St. Elizabeth Ann Seton received great solace by bringing her sorrows to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and speaking heart to heart with Him there: “How sweet, the presence of Jesus to the longing and harassed soul! He is instant peace and balm to every wound.”
“There is a mystery, the greatest of all mysteries—not that my adored Lord is in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar—His word has said it, and what so simple as to take that word which is truth itself?—but that souls of His own creation, whom He gave His life to save, who are endowed with His choicest gifts in all things else, should remain blind, insensible, and deprived of that light without which every other blessing is unavailing!”