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Visits to the Blessed Sacrament by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Imagine this: “Tomorrow is your last day on earth. You know that you are going to die but, worst that this, it is going to be a horrible death. You ask 3 of your friends to stay awake with you on your last night on earth because you can’t sleep thinking about all that pain and suffering that you will have to endure before dying the next day. You move off to a corner to pray and on 3 separate occasions when you check, your friends are sleeping.”
Well this is exactly what happened to Jesus on his final night on earth.While he prayed in anguish to His Heavenly Father to take away the cup of suffering he had to endure, he found the three (3) disciples he had asked to accompany him sleeping on three (3) separate occasions. In disappointment, Jesus asked them, “How is it that you three were not able to keep watch with me for even one hour?” (Matthew 26:40).
Reliability in friendships and family relationships is a good trait and I do my very best to be a reliable person in all my relationships. As I grew in my spiritual journey and understanding of the various Catholic observances, First Friday devotions to the Blessed Sacrament became a very important observance for me.
The above story about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane has stayed with me and I promised myself to do better than those disciples and ‘watch’ with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament for one (1) hour each first Friday in the month.
Saint Alphonsus Liguori (1696 – 1787) describes the Most Blessed Sacrament as “our heaven on earth”.He wrote this devotional booklet, which has endured for more than 200 years after his death, “for the sole purpose of inflaming souls more and more with the love of Jesus Christ”.There is material for a total of thirty-one (31) visits to the Blessed Sacrament.
You will also find the prayers recited during Benediction of the Mot Blessed Sacrament - O Salutaris, Tantum Ergo and The Divine Praises - at the back of this prayer book.
Take this little booklet along with you next time you visit the Blessed Sacrament and you will definitely grow more in your love for Jesus Christ as you receive spiritual nourishment through each powerful meditation.
Beautiful Prayers to God
This is another useful resource that you can use for your visits to the Blessed Sacrament, especially on First Fridays.EWTN’s world-renowned spiritual director and author Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel created this prayer book to help Catholics deepen and enrich their experience of Eucharistic Adoration.
Helpful Insights about the Purpose of Eucharistic Adoration
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Other Helpful Resources by St. Alphonsus Ligouri
You have to agree that this is something most, if not all of us, want to be able to do daily. If only we could ask God… (so many questions). In this book, “St. Alphonsus Liguori teaches us how to speak personally and with confidence in prayer to God, who, the Saint says, will not speak to us unless we first speak to Him.”
“This little book was written to keep people from despair and offers consolation to those having trouble accepting God's plan for their salvation.”God has a wonderful plan for each of us and our lives. In the confusion of life, living, expectations and our wants, though, we sometimes lose our way, feel confused and unfortunately fall into despair when life seems as though it’s not working for us.Let Saint Ligouri help you with your search through his wise words.