by Blessed James Alberione
Blessed James Alberione often spoke of the Eucharist as central to our Christian life and vocation. The Eucharist is the highest form of prayer because: 1) the Eucharist is the memorial of Jesus’ saving passion, death, and resurrection, whereby He offers Himself again to the Father for us and with us; 2) the Eucharist is truly the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ; Jesus is really and truly present under the form of bread and wine; 3) in receiving Communion, we receive Christ Himself and are intimately united with Him and with the entire Church. For Alberione, Eucharistic adoration helps us to participate more fully in the Eucharistic Celebration because it enables us to ponder the tremendous mystery of Christ’s self-giving love that we celebrate at Mass. Calling the Hour of Adoration “the school of Jesus Master,” Blessed James compared it to the time the first disciples spent coming to know, love, and follow the loving Teacher who called them. He also referred to the Hour of Adoration as “the Visit,” an expression which signifies the intimate and intensely personal nature of this prayer.
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