The Spiritual Wealth of Eucharistic Adoration

Author: Martina Caffrey
Issue: 24 – April 2008

The Spiritual Wealth of Eucharistic Adoration
The Eucharist is one of the greatest gifts which Our Lord has given us.

Just as we humans are distinguished from the rest of the animals by our immortal souls made in the image of God, Our Creator, so too does the Eucharist distinguish us, Catholics, from the other religions as the One True Faith. We do not just have an earthly material symbolising and reminding us of the Sacrifice of Our Saviour. We have been privileged and honoured by Our Lord to have Him descend from Heaven to our sin filled world at each and every Mass, being as truly present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist as He was when He was crucified on the Cross on Calvary. He deigns to perform one of the greatest miracles which can be seen in this world by transforming bread and wine, earthly and inferior materials, into His Flesh and His Blood. This miracle is just a fore-taster of the splendour and awe inspiring glory which we will see in Heaven when we join Him at the Heavenly Banquet. How good is Our God to us, mere creatures, by giving us such a gift!

It is not just in Holy Mass that we have Jesus truly present among us in the Eucharist. Another great wealth of spiritual healing and grace is drawn from the Eucharist in every church especially where the Blessed Sacrament is honoured, exposed and adored. Eucharistic adoration is one of the best ways to heal our very souls which are so often wounded and bruised by the sinful world in which we dwell. Jesus is present there just as He is in Heaven and just as He is at every Mass. He is waiting there patiently for us to come and pay Him a visit. If we do take that time out of our busy lives to just be still and be with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, we open up our lives to be filled with His graces and blessings. We only have to ask Him for help and He will run to our side and give us all that we need and more. He will help carry our crosses if they get too heavy, He will soothe and console us if we feel run down, He will whisper into our hearts and souls His words of comfort reminding us that He is with us always even to the end of time. However it is up to us to make that first move. God has given us free will and with it we can choose to come near Him or to be far from Him. We can not imagine the joy it must give Our Lord when we choose freely and willingly to come before Him and ask for help. It is truly a sign of our love and faith in Jesus that we come to Him in the Blessed Sacrament and acknowledge that He is truly present there. It is in doing this that we open up our souls to Him because it takes true faith in Him to be able to see Him present there under the appearance of bread. This is the great gift and mark of our faith as Catholics which distinguishes us from all the other religions. We are able to look at the bread and wine and know and believe that they have been transformed and are no longer bread and wine but Jesus as truly present in the Blessed Sacrament as He was when He walked on this earth and as He is now in Heaven.

Since the beginning of the Catholic Church, even since the first Mass at the Last Supper, the importance and spiritual wealth to be gained from the Eucharist has been known and preached by the saints. When Our Lord appeared to Saint Margaret Mary, He told her that He had a burning desire to be honoured in the Blessed Sacrament. Saint John Vianney once said �if we really loved the good God we should make it our joy and happiness to come and spend a few moments to adore Him.� Even our more recent saints and holy people, have expressed how truly precious is the Eucharist and our need to come to Jesus there for healing and graces. Our late Holy Father John Paul II stated that �the Eucharist is our priceless treasure…Of all devotions, that of Eucharistic Adoration is the greatest after the sacraments�. Blessed Mother Teresa also emphasised this by saying, �What we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in holy hours of prayer.� Archbishop Fulton Sheen would spend an hour every day in front of the Blessed Sacrament and longed to preach to the world and bring to all people a love and understanding of the Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. In parishes and churches where Eucharistic adoration has been established and practised fervently, great graces have poured down on the people and the parish. Wherever reparation is made for all the unworthy communions and sacrilegious treatment of the Eucharist, God will not cease to bless and uphold the True Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament by giving vocations to the religious life and priesthood, healing to our families and to our own souls and an increase in our love and belief in the Eucharist.
With the recent attacks on our faith and our Church and with the attempt by an anti-God agenda to destroy our freedom and our Catholic faith here in Ireland and around the world with laws such as the Lisbon Treaty, we have an ever greater need to turn to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. With a growing decline in the practice of our Catholic faith most notable to us here in Ireland, it is necessary now more than ever to turn to Jesus and ask for His help in bringing back His straying sheep. In God�s infinite wisdom, He has provided the means to do this. If you take a look at each family, it seems that there is at least one person who stays true to their faith and who becomes a �prayer warrior� for Jesus. This person becomes the means by which God sends His graces to our families and helps to bring back those who have strayed. Through Eucharistic adoration and the Rosary, we present ourselves and our families to Jesus and can gain so many graces and blessings for our families and for the world, which may even open their hearts to God again and bring them back to Him. If we run to Jesus there in the Blessed Sacrament and drop to our knees in adoration, we can not but know that our fervent prayers are being heard by Our Lord directly. Knowing this, how can we fail to join here on earth with all the angels and saints in Heaven, uniting them both, in worshipping Jesus truly present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Blessed Sacrament.


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