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On prayer and the Eucharist

By Edited Apr 13, 2016 0 0

A well-meaning critic once asked Mother Teresa how she could justify her sisters’ spending so much time in private prayer when they could use that time to serve the poor. Blessed Teresa replied: “If my sisters did not spend so much time in prayer, they could not serve the sick and the poor at all.”1

Perpetual adoration with exposition needs a great push. People often ask me:
What will convert America and save the world? My answer is prayer.  What we need is for every Parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Hours of prayer.”
~Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“Somebody loves us, too—God Himself. Truly, the tenderness of God’s love is most extraordinary. When we look at the cross, we know how much Jesus loved us then. When we look at the tabernacle, we know how much he loves us now.
    That’s why you should ask your parish priests to give you the joy of having adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least once a week. Be alone with Jesus. Then your hearts will feel the joy that only he can give.”2

Concluding Thoughts

One of the biggest objections (and excuses) people have to Eucharistic Adoration is lack of time. People are too busy in today’s world, and committing one hour every week is just “too much.” We can all understand this and I am certainly sympathetic to it. Today’s society and the demands it puts on working class families is very stressful. However, this is an important reason why we should make every effort to clear an hour a week for our Lord. “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain…It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”(Psalm 127: 1-2) As Blessed Teresa implied to her questioner, her sisters could not do their work without time in prayer, especially before the Blessed Sacrament. The Lord is the “summit,” the goal that we all work towards. It is also he who is the “source” that we must draw from in order to work toward our goal.

Let’s pray for Blessed Teresa’s intercession that our daily work may be blessed and give glory to God, that the materially poor may be given the basics for a good life, the spiritually poor given faith, and that Eucharistic Adoration, especially with exposition, will be a part of all parishes around the world.

   
1     See Father Robert Goedert O.P., “Why Eucharistic Adoration,”     http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/pea/whyadore.htm
   
2     “Loving Jesus,” p.112-113.

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