Eucharistic Adoration has for its object the Divine Person of Our Lord Jesus Christ present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

In that Sacrament, He is living, He wishes us to speak to Him, and He will speak to us. Everyone may speak to Our Lord. Is He not there for all? Does He not say: Come ye all to me? This familiar converse between the soul and Our Lord is true Eucharistic meditation, it is adoration.

Everyone has grace for it. But to succeed in it, and to shun routine and dryness of heart, the adorers should draw their inspiration from their own attraction of grace or from the different mysteries of Our Lord’s life, from the Blessed Virgin or the virtues of the saints, in order to honor and glorify the God of the Eucharist by all the virtues of His mortal life, as well as by those of the saints, of whom He was the grace and the end, and of whom He is today the crown and the glory. Look upon the hour of adoration that has fallen to you as a heavenly hour, an hour in Paradise.

Go to it as if you were going to heaven, to the Divine Banquet and this hour will be longed for, will be hailed with joy. Sweetly nourish in your heart the desire for it. Say to yourself: In four hours, in two hours, in one hour, I shall go to the audience of grace and love with Our Lord. He has invited me. He is waiting for me. He wants to see me. When an hour painful to nature falls to you, rejoice even more. Your love will be greater, because of the increased suffering. That is a privileged hour. It will count for two.

When through infirmity, sickness, or any impossibility, you cannot make your adoration, be sad of heart for an instant. Then adore in spirit and in union with the other adorers of the moment. In your bed of suffering, on a journey, or during the occupation that detains you, observe great recollection throughout that hour, and you will reap the same fruit from it as if you had gone to the feet of the good Master. That hour will be credited to you, and, perhaps, even doubled.

Go to Our Lord just as you are. Make a natural meditation. Exhaust your own fund of piety and love before you make use of books. Love the inexhaustible book of humility and love. It is well to take with you a pious book, in order to recall your thoughts when your mind wanders or when the senses are dull. But remember that our good Master prefers the poverty of our heart to the most sublime thoughts and affections borrowed from others. Understand well that Our Lord wishes our own heart and not that of others. He wants the thought and the prayer of that heart as the natural expression of love for Him. To be unwilling to go to Our Lord with one’s own misery, one’s own humiliating poverty is often the fruit of subtle self-love, of restlessness, or tepidity. And yet that misery, that poverty, is what Our Lord prefers to every other state. He loves it. He blesses it.

Are you in aridity? Glorify the grace of God, without which you can do nothing. Open your heart to heaven at such a moment, as the flower opens its chalice to the rising sun, to catch its beneficent dew. Are you entirely powerless to act? Is your mind in darkness? Your poor heart is faltering under the weight of its worthlessness? Is your body suffering? Make, then, the adoration of the poor mendicant. Rise out of your poverty, and go live in Our Lord, or offer to Him your poverty that He may enrich it, for that is the master-stroke worthy of His glory. Are you in a state of temptation and distress? Your whole soul revolts? You are urged to forego your adoration under the pretext that you are offending God, that you dishonor Him more than you serve Him? Hearken not to that specious temptation. Make the adoration of combat, of fidelity to Jesus against self. No, no! You do not displease Him. You rejoice your Master, who is looking at you, and who has permitted Satan to trouble you. He expects from you the homage of perseverance up to the last moment of the time that ought to be consecrated to Him. Let confidence, simplicity, and love lead you to adoration.

Saint Peter Julian Eymard

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