Wisdom of the Saints about Eucharistic Adoration (part 6)

“Sometimes all the powers of our souls are concentrated and withdrawn as a result of the deep reverence, the undisturbing fear, that takes hold of us as we reflect on the majesty of the King in Whose presence we are, Who is looking at us; just as we should pull ourselves together and collect our thoughts, however distracted we were, if pope or prince came on the scene, in order to behave with proper respect.” St. Francis de Sales (16th-17th centuries, Doctor of the Church)

“Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us.” St. Alphonsus Liguori (18th century, Doctor of the Church)

“We ought to visit Him often. How dear to Him is a quarter of an hour spared from our occupations…. to come and pray to Him, visit Him, and console Him for all the ingratitude He receives! When He sees pure souls hurrying to Him, He smiles at them. They come with that simplicity which pleases Him so much, to ask pardon for all sinners, and for the insults of so many who are ungrateful.” St. John Vianney (18th-19th centuries)

“How happy Saint Joseph is to see us crowding about Jesus in His Sacrament, feeble, abandoned, persecuted, more in need of defenders and servants than in His infancy.” St. Peter Julian Eymard (19th century)

“Make His dwelling place like a sanctuary of innocence and peace.” St. Bernadette Soubirous (19th century)

“How I love 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.” St. Therese of Lisieux (19th century, Doctor of the Church)

“It is Holy Thursday…my good Master has deigned to raise me up and flood me with His light on this day which is perhaps for me the most solemn of the whole year…I was trembling all over with a mysterious tenderness when I accompanied Him to His altar of repose.” Pope St. John XXIII (19th-20th centuries)

“He has remained so that you could eat Him, and visit Him and tell Him your concerns; and so, by your prayer beside the tabernacle and by receiving Him sacramentally, you could fall more in love each day, and help other souls, many souls, to follow the same path. Good child: see how lovers on earth kiss the flowers, the letters, the mementos of those they love…Lord, may I never again flutter along close to the ground. Illumined by the rays of the divine Sun – Christ – in the Eucharist, may my flight never be interrupted until I find repose in Your Heart.” St. Josemaria Escriva (19th-20th centuries)

“When I stand up to talk, people listen to me; they will follow what I have to say. Is it any power of mine? Of course not. St. Paul says: ‘What have you that you have not received and you who have received, why do you glory as if you had not?’ But the secret of my power is that I have never missed spending an hour in the presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. That’s where the power comes from. That’s where sermons are born. That’s where every good thought is conceived.” Ven. Fulton Sheen (19th-20th centuries)

“We must understand that in order ‘to do’, we must first learn ‘to be’, that is to say, in the sweet company of Jesus in Adoration.” Pope St. John Paul II (20th-21st centuries)