Face to face with the Real Presence of Our Lord.
Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory,” respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.
—Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2628
Eucharistic Devotion and the Real Presence
Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
If there is one mystery of our Faith that is being widely challenged today it is the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Pope John Paul II is deeply concerned about this weakening of belief in the cardinal truth of Catholic Christianity.
For the first time in history there is now Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome during every weekday of the year. One of the hopes of the Holy Father is that Eucharistic Adoration outside of the Mass be promoted throughout the world.
In his own language, the Pope identifies the Eucharist as the Presence Sacrament. Christ is on earth. He wants to perform miracles of His grace, especially miracles of conversion in what is becoming a Christ-less age. The key to tapping the resources of His grace is our deep faith in Christ’s living presence among us in the Blessed Sacrament.
It is hoped Bishops, priests, religious, and laity to open nothing less than a renaissance of adoring love of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.