"God dwells in our midst in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar."

Archbishop Fulton Sheen was one of the first Radio and TV evangelists of our times and watched by millions. During his Priesthood he said a Holy Hour of Adoration everyday before our beloved Lord.  In his autobiography he commented that this was one of the things that kept him so faithful to Jesus and the Church throughout his Priesthood. 

Bisjop Sheen shares his thoughts about the importance of Eucharistic Adoration in our lives:

A Holy Hour is not a devotion said Bishop Sheen; it is a sharing in the work of redemption. The only time our Lord asked the Apostles for anything was the night He went into agony. Not for activity did He plead but for an Hour of companionship. During a Holy Hour we grow more and more into Our Lord's likeness. A Holy Hour becomes a magister and teacher. Theological insights are gained not only from the covers of a treatise, but from kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament. A Holy Hour of Adoration in our modern rat race is necessary for authentic prayer, the most deepest of prayers. By being faithful to a Holy Hour, and letting nothing interfere with it, we use it as the sign and symbol of our victimhood. We are not called to great penances...but the Holy Hour is a sacrifice in union with Christ. Neither theological knowledge nor social action alone is enough to keep us in love with Christ unless both are proceeded by a personal encounter with Him. The Holy Hour becomes like an oxygen tank to revive the breath of the Holy Spirit in the midst of the foul and fetid atmosphere of the world. The most brilliant ideas come from meeting God face to face (at Adoration). The Holy Spirit that presided at the Incarnation is the best atmosphere for illumination. The purpose of the Holy Hour is to encourage deep personal encounter with Christ. The Holy and Glorious God is constantly inviting us to come to Him, to hold converse with Him, to ask for such things as we need and to experience what a blessing there is in fellowship with Him. Bishop Sheen said that's where the power comes from. That's where sermons are born. That's where every good thought is conceived. God gave us two weapons: knees and hands. Knees--to spend an hour a day in reparation for sins. St. Paul tells us that faith comes from listening.  In a Holy Hour, we wait for Him to speak—and He does!


Many of the Saints have said that Eucharistic Adoration helps us overcome fears and prepares us for tasks we thought would be impossible of us. Blessed Mary Of The Angels was no exception as she would spend long hours in adoration before our beloved Lord. She prepared herself well in this way to later accept martyrdom.