Today I will continue on from my previous post. With this second list, the author of the quotes come from different popes. So I will include that. But the list comes from the same pamphlet that I spoke of earlier. So here goes the list. These are twelve reasons why the Church suggests we sit before the Blessed Sacrament for an hour a week.
1. You are greatly needed! "The Church and the world have great need for Eucharistic adoration." (Pope John Paul ll)
2. This is a personal invitation from Jesus to you! "Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love." (Pope John Paul ll)
3. Jesus is counting on you! "Every member of the Church must be vigilant in seeing that this Sacrament shall be given back 'love for love'." (Pope John Paul ll)
4. Because your hour with Jesus will repair for the evils of the world, and bring about peace on earth, the Church says; "Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him...May our adoration never cease." (Pope John Paul ll)
5. Jesus wants you to do more than go to Mass on Sunday! "Our communal worship at Mass must go together with our personal worship of Jesus in Eucharistic adoration in order that our love may be complete." (Pope John Paul ll)
6. Day and night Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament because you are the most important person in the world to Him! "Beneath the Sacred Host, Christ is contained, the Redeemer of the world." (Pope John Paul ll)
7. You grow spiritually with each moment you spend with Jesus! "Our essential commitment in life is to grow spiritually in the climate of the Holy Eucharist." (Pope John Paul ll)
8. The best time you spend on earth is with your Best Friend, Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!" "How great is the value of converse with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, for there is nothing more consoling on earth, nothing more efficacious for advancing along the road to holiness! (Pope Paul Vl)
9. Just as you can't be exposed t the sun without receiving its rays neither can you come to Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament without receiving the divine rays of His grace, His love, His peace. "Christ is truly the Emmanuel, that is, 'God with us' day and night, He is in our midst. He dwells with us full of grace." (Pope Paul Vl)
10. If Jesus were actually visible in the Church, everyone would run to welcome Him. But He remains hidden in the Sacred Host, under the appearance of Bread, because He is calling us to faith. "The Blessed Sacrament is the 'Living Heart" of each of our churches, and it is our very sweet duty to honor and adore in the Blessed Host which our eyes see, the Incarnate Word, Whom they cannot see." ( Pope Paul Vl)
11. With transforming mercy, Jesus makes our heart one with His. "Jesus teaches those who come to Him to be like Himself, gentle and humble of heart, and to seek not their own will, but the will of God." (Pope Paul Vl)
12. If the Pope himself would give a special invitation to visit him in the Vatican, this honor would be nothing in comparison to the honor and dignity that Jesus Himself bestows upon you with the invitation of spending one hour a week with Him in the Blessed Sacrament. "The Divine Eucharist bestows upon the Christian people an incomparable dignity." (Pope Paul Vl)
I love to go to the Chapel. It brings me peace. It makes me feel renewed. The only way I can explain it is that whenever I'm in the chapel I feel so giddy inside. I feel like I have found a treasure. I have found gold or something. When I first became Catholic, I was like "Wow! Does anyone else know about this place?" I still feel like that today. Sitting in front of the Blessed Sacrament I know that right before me is a little piece of heaven right here on earth. What moves me to tears sometimes is when I'm alone in front of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel. Just me and Jesus. What if I didn't go that day. Who would be there? I always think it's a gift from the Lord when I find myself alone with Him at the chapel. During those times I'll pray most fervently or I'll be still, to just feel the peace, of being in the Lord's presence.