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The Need for Eucharistic Adoration
Benedict XVI

As Catholics, we believe that, at the Mass, the bread and wine offered by the priest become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, which we receive in Holy Communion. After Mass has ended, however, the Body and Blood remain, and the Sacred Host is reserved in the tabernacle of every Catholic Church (while the Precious Blood is consumed rather than reserved).

This octave of the Feast of Corpus Christi (the eight days following the feast, which is followed the next day by the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) is a perfect time to turn our minds to the contemplation of this mystery as we were advised by the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the beginning of his pontificate.

The Holy Father pointed out that spending time in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle is necessary for spiritual growth: "In modern life, so often noisy and dispersive, it is more than ever important to recover the capacity for inner silence and prayer. Eucharistic adoration enables this to happen..."

Why is it so important? Pope Benedict explained that "the Eucharist is like a beating heart giving life to the mystical Body of Christ that is the Church, which is a social organisation entirely founded on bond with Christ...

Without the Eucharist the Church would simply cease to exist." The enemies of the Church understand this better, perhaps, than many Catholics. That is why atheists and even other Christians despite the believe in the Eucharist and claim that Eucharist is a mere “cracker” focusing their fury on the Host.

In their own twisted way, they acknowledge the power of the Eucharist to transform the lives of believers. Would that all Catholics were as certain of that power!

One way to become convinced of the transformative power of Christ's Body and Blood is to follow Pope Benedict's advice and try to spend some time in Eucharistic adoration. But even if we cannot drop into a church for a few minutes during the week, we can turn our thoughts to the Eucharist each day by making an Act of Spiritual Communion.

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