An insulting phrase was found in a Church bulletin recently. It referred to Eucharistic Adoration as: “a time of prayer that some find important”. First, let me state that it is an article of faith that the Eucharist is the center and very essence of our Catholic Faith, therefore it is quite important to our Holy Mother Church.
Let us read what “some people who consider this time of prayer important” have to say about Eucharistic adoration.
Pope John Paul II wrote in Dominicae Cenae “May our adoration never cease.”
In his opening prayer in St. Peter’s Basilica, on December 2, 1981, he urged all parishes to begin perpetual Eucharistic adoration.
Mother Teresa: “Every hour you spend with Jesus will be recorded in Heaven and retold through eternity.”
“There is nothing more consoling on Earth [than Eucharistic Adoration], nothing more efficacious for advancing along the road of holiness” (Mysterium Fidei).
Referring to the Holy Eucharist, St. Augustine said: “Not only do we not sin by adoring It, we sin by not adoring It.”
In Kenya, in 1985, Mother Teresa said: “...Parish priests, ask your people to have adoration in your Churches whenever you can.”
I think Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, St. Augustine, and Mother Teresa are some pretty heavy hitters who expressed just how important Eucharistic Adoration is, or rather, how important it should be in our lives.
Archbishop John Donoghue of Atlanta reports that vocations have increased 763% since 1985 in Atlanta. At that time there were eight men studying for the priesthood. Today they have sixty-one studying. He attributes this remarkable turn around to the increased practice of Eucharistic adoration. In fact, some of the seminarians said they heard God’s call while they were spending an hour before the Blessed Sacrament. It would appear that God also considers this time important.
A compelling reason for Eucharistic exposition is because the Holy Spirit asks for it. During His Eucharistic discourse, Jesus made this unmistakably clear: “Indeed this is the will of My Heavenly Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in Him, shall have eternal life. Him will I raise up on the last day.” (John 6:40)
Jesus said: “I Myself Am the Living Bread come down from Heaven.” (Jn 6:51)
We know that Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament because of His words: “Behold I will be with you always even to the end of the world.” (Mt 28:20)
Again, He said: “Could you not watch one hour with me?” (Mt 26:40)
Jesus said: “Come to Me all of you who are weary and find life burdensome and I will refresh you.” (Mt 11:28)
St. Peter in his first letter said: “Cast all of your anxieties upon the Lord, Who cares for you.” (1 Pt 5:7)
At Eucharistic Adoration, our Lord and Saviour is exposed on the altar for us to adore, look at, speak to, or to just sit or kneel there quietly and allow His sweetness to fill our souls and hearts with His unbounded love. Can any of our readers, or detractors, possibly tell me what in this wide world could be more important to a person who professes the Catholic Faith?
Bishop Donoghue of Atlanta is not unique in his observation on the relationship of Eucharistic Adoration to an increase in vocations. Wherever there is no shortage of vocations, you will usually find a bishop who actively endorses adoration in the parishes under his jurisdiction. Conversely, where there is a dearth of vocations, Eucharistic Adoration is not actively suggested. See for example, Detroit, Albany, Rochester, Los Angeles etc. where the emphasis is on holding hands and professing our love for one another in horizontal worship, while ignoring the vertical adoration, which is directed to God. Very few if any vocations are to be found in the four dioceses mentioned above.
Our adoration has to be vertical, to God, not horizontal, to each other.
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