Mother Teresa of Calcutta, founder of the Sisters of Charity, is known as a saint of our age especially for her care of the "poorest of the poor" and her vocal opposition to abortion but many are not aware of the incredible impact and importance of the Eucharist on her life and her religious Order.
“To be able to do something beautiful for God we need Jesus. Jesus became the Bread of Life so that you and I, and even a small child, can receive him and have life. In a special way we need the Bread of Life to know the poor, to love them, and serve them. Each one of us needs to encounter Jesus. Without him we can do nothing [John 15:5]. We need the Bread of Life to Live. Jesus said very clearly, ‘If you do not eat my flesh and drink my blood, you will not have eternal life.’ . . .
“I hope that ... Perpetual Adoration, with permanent exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, will continue into the future. Specifically, I hope that the fruit of this Congress results in the establishment of perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in all parishes and Christian communities throughout the world.”
St John Paul II 1993
“With the institution of the Eucharist in the upper room. . . Jesus Christ entrusted to his Church the perennial making present of the paschal mystery. … The thought of this leads us to profound amazement and gratitude. In the Paschal event and the Eucharist which makes it present throughout the centuries, there is a truly enormous ‘capacity’ which embraces all of history as the recipient of the grace of the redemption. This amazement should always fill the Church assembles fo the celebration of the Eucharist. . . I would like to rekindle this Eucharistic ‘amazement’.”
“In many places, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is also an important daily practice and becomes an inexhaustible source of holiness. . . Unfortunately, alongside these lights there are also shadows. In some places, the practice of Eucharistic Adoration has been almost completely abandoned. In various parts of the Church abuses have occurred, leading to confusion with regard to sound faith and Catholic doctrine concerning this wonderful sacrament. At times on encounters and extremely reductive understanding of the Eucharistic mystery. Stripped of its sacrificial meaning, it is celebrated as if it were simply a fraternal banquet. . . This has led here and there to ecumenical initiatives which, albeit well-intentioned, indulge in Eucharistic practices contrary to the discipline by which the Church expresses her faith. How can we express profound grief at this? The Eucharistic is too great a gift to tolerate ambiguity and deprecation.
It is my hope [we can] banish the dark clouds of unacceptable doctrine and practice, so that the Eucharistic will continue to shine forth in all its radiant mystery.”
”The Church has received the Eucharist from Christ her Lord not as one gift—however precious—among so many others, but as the gift par excellence, for it is the gift of himself, of his person in his sacred humanity.”
“The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the Church. . . It is the responsibility of Pastors to encourage, also by their personal witness, the practice of Eucharistic Adoration, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in particularly, as well as prayer of adoration before Christ present under the Eucharistic species.
It is pleasant to spend time with Him, to lie close to his breast like the beloved disciple (cf. Jn 13:25) and to fell the infinite love present in this heart. If in our time Christians must be distinguished above all by the ‘art of prayer,’ how can we not feel a renewed need to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament? How often, dear brothers and sisters, have I experienced this, and drawn from it strength, consolation, and support. This practice, repeatedly praised and recommended by the Magisterium, is supported by the example of many saints.”
“A Christian community desirous of contemplating the face of Christ . . . cannot fail also to develop this aspect of Eucharistic worship, which prolongs and increases the fruits of our communion in the body and blood of the Lord.”
St Norbert (d. June 6, 1134) is known as "The Apostle of the Eucharist." He founded the Religious Order of Premonstratensians (Norbertines) and we are blessed to have them in the diocese of Orange based at St Michaels Abbey in Silvarado Canyon (which holds a daily Holy Hour of Adoration with Exposition) as well as St John the Baptist Parish in Costa Mesa (which holds 24/7 Eucharistic Adoration with Expostion).
St Norbert's first Abbey was in Prémontré France and the saint made the Eucharist the heart of his Order's liturgical prayer in the spirit of the first Christians who "devoted themselves to the breaking of the bread" (Acts 2:42). St Norbert and his Order are in no small part instrumental in the growth of Eucharistic piety in the twelve century which gave rise to such devotion as genuflecting and kneeling before the Eucharist along with a desire to see the Host via the ritual elevation of the Host during Holy Mass. St Norbert made the Mass the center of his spiritual life and ministry. Contrary to the custom of the time he celebrated Mass everyday and loved to preach after Mass when his heart was overflowing with the love he had drawn from contact with Christ.
St Maximilian Kolbe is primarily known as the saint of Auschwitz, a Franciscan priest from Poland who gave his live for another prisoner with such a degree of love that even the Communist government who took over Poland after World War II put up a plaque in Auschwitz honoring this martyr of love.
In addition, even more importantly St Maximilian founded the Militia of the Immaculata, a worldwide Catholic organization dedicated to the consecration of souls to the Blessed Virgin Mary in order to save souls and bring them to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Steeped in the ideals of chivalry St Maximilian stated: "We establish a new knighthood, Militia Immaculata, serving the Virgin Mary & fighting her enemies with spiritual weapons."
Even though Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the Fatima visionaries, died quite young their lives are lessons for us all. We assume you are already familiar with the stor of Our Lady of Fatima and its messages. If not, please become familiar right away!
When it comes to Eucharistic Adoration enough cannot be said about St Peter Julian Eymard. He founded the religious order of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers along with a congregation of nuns, a priests’ Eucharistic league, and a Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament. His series of books on all aspects of the Blessed Sacrament can be life-changing when one reads them and applies them to one’s life.
When St Peter was a child in the early 1800’s he was known enter the church and climb up the alter so he could pray right next to Jesus Eucharistic hidden in the tablernacle.
His entire life was dedication to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Below are just a few examples of his teachings:
“The Eucharist is the life of all nations. It affords the very principle of life.”
"Unity in the early Church "Because they were assiduous in ... persevering in the breaking of the bread."
The Eucharist is therefore the life of the soul as well as the life of human society, just as the sun is the life of the body as well as that of the earth.
"Furthermore, the Christian community is a family. The bond that unites them is Jesus in the Eucharist."
"The Eucharist imparts on the Christian community the power to preserve the law of honor and love of neighbor." St Peter Julian Eymard
"WIthout Communion we deal only with the painful side of life's struggles"
"The object of Eucharistic Adoration is Jesus. He is living there. He wants us to speak to Him & He will speak to us."
"The conversation between the soul & the Lord is the true Eucharistic Meditation ie Adoration"
"Look upon the hour of Eucharistic Adoration assigned to you as an hour in paradise."
"Tell Jesus of His Blessed Mother who He loved so much & you will make Him experience anew the happiness of a good son."
"There is nothing you can do more glorious to God, more profit to your soul than to hear Mass piously and frequently."