Adoring Jesus in holy hours brings heaven to our soul, that is, it brings us immense blessings. The value of a single hour of adoration before Jesus in the Sacrament is incalculable, but sometimes we are not aware of it. It can happen to us like that family that inherited a house from a relative. In the house there was an old painting, representing a flowerpot and, when they were cleaning it, they thought of throwing it away. Fortunately, a friend was there and asked them to give it to the museum, where he worked, to examine it. And it turned out that it was an original copy of Van Gogh, the great Dutch painter, and the value of the painting was several million dollars. They didn’t know what a treasure they had at home and they were going to throw it away! Many Catholics do not know what they have and even throw it away, going to other sects, where they will never be able to have the living and real presence of Jesus the Eucharist.
Try to take advantage of your available time to visit Jesus and, if possible, to adore Him, at least one hour every day.
Personally, twenty years ago I decided to make a daily holy hour of adoration before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and I believe it has been one of the most positive decisions of my life. I hope we all commit ourselves to at least half an hour a day before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament! Or at least an hour of adoration from a distance, from our home, if it is too difficult or impossible for us to go to church every day! Or at least a holy hour of adoration every week at least!
Father Robert DeGrandis tells us: Recently a woman shared her life with me and told me that she had suffered a lot and that the only peace she had felt at that time, she had found in the daily hour she spent before the Blessed Sacrament. That was a place of healing for her. I think that was very true. There is tremendous healing just by being in church surrounded by the peace of the Lord10.
Another woman told me that when she was 29, she thought she was going to go crazy. Emotionally, every possible thing was happening to her. She also felt that she had to go to church every day and spend a holy hour there in prayer; and she told me: «You know, there are very few things that cannot be cured by spending an hour every day before the Blessed Sacrament.
Blessed Damien of Molokai organized perpetual adoration in his chapel on the island of the lepers, and there he spent many hours in adoration before Jesus, offering him all his love for those lepers who needed him so much. One day a volunteer arrived to help him in his task. He was a good man, who was looking for meaning in his life. His name was Dutton and he came from the USA. One day, Dutton needed to consult some things with Father Damien and he could not find him anywhere. Finally, he found him in the chapel. Father Damien looked as if he had been transformed with love and his eyes were shining with happiness. Dutton was so impressed by this attitude and love for Jesus in the Sacrament that he converted to Catholicism and continued to help the lepers. Today the cause for his beatification is open. Blessed Damien said: Without my daily holy hour in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, I would not have been able to stay in this place for a single day.
St. Peter Julian Eymard insisted: We must consider the hour of adoration as an hour of paradise. Go to it as if you were going to heaven, as if to a divine banquet12.
St. John Mary Vianney once saw with his own eyes how Jesus affectionately took in his hands the face of each person who visited him in the Blessed Sacrament and gave him a tender kiss of love and gratitude. It was as if he wanted to fulfill what Hosea says: With human cords, with bonds of love he drew them… He was for them as one who lifts a child to his cheek and comes down to feed him….
From the book of Father Angel Peña on Perpetual Adoration