Alphonus Ligouri (1696-1787)
On
Eucharistic Adoration

St. Alphonsus Ligouri was a very prolific writer about the Catholic Faith, he was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1871. Here are some of his thoughts about the importance of Eucharistic Adoration in our lives.

Eucharistic Adoration consoles a soul far beyond what the world can offer. Frequent visits to Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Altar are a great help to the souls that love Him. Oh, how sweet a joy it is to remain with faith and tender devotion before the Eucharist, and converse familiarly with Jesus Christ, who is there for the express purpose of listening to and graciously hearing those who pray to him. In a quarter of an hour's prayer, spent in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, you will perhaps gain more than in all the other spiritual exercises of the day. A Holy Hour will give you more strength during life and more consolation at the hour of your death and eternity. Withdraw yourself from people and the world, spend at least a quarter of an hour, or a half-hour, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Taste and see how sweet is the Lord, and you will learn from your own experience how many graces this will bring you. True, Our Lord hears our prayers anywhere, for He has made the promise, "Ask, and you shall receive", but He has revealed to His servants that those who visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament will obtain a more abundant measure of grace. Certainly amongst all devotions, after that of receiving the sacraments, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament holds the first place, is the most pleasing to God, and the most useful to ourselves. The sovereigns of the earth do not always grant audience readily; on the contrary, the King of Heaven, hidden under the Eucharistic veils, is ready to receive anyone… Nothing in the world can set hearts ablaze with love for God like the Blessed Sacrament. That is why this divine bread has been pictured as a furnace of love. Saint Catherine of Siena saw far-reaching flames coming from this furnace of love and spreading throughout the world. Good friends find pleasure in one another's company.  Let us know pleasure in the company of our best Friend, a Friend who can do everything for us, a friend who loves us beyond measure.  Here in the Blessed Sacrament we can talk to him straight from the heart. We can open our souls to Him, tell Him what we need, beg him for powerful graces.  We are perfectly free to approach the King of the universe with full confidence and without fear. Jesus tells us that where a person esteems his treasure to be, there also does he keep his affections.  Therefore the saints, who neither esteem nor love any other treasure than Jesus Christ, centre their hearts and all their love in the Most Blessed Sacrament.


Saint Alphonus Ligouri