Hello Rosary Lovers! In this post, I wish to share with you my experiences of visiting Jesus in the holy and blessed Sacrament.
Something I’ve always longed for
I became a practicing Christian in 2008. From then on, I longed for as much of God as possible.
I used to long, for instance, for a place to go in order to worship God. It never ‘did it’ for me that I could just worship God anywhere.
Of course, we can worship God anywhere. But in the holy Catholic faith, we believe that God is especially present in every Catholic Church in the holy Tabernacle, which houses the blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.
It is here that Jesus Christ dwells in a very, very special and intimate way with us.
To pay a visit to a Catholic Church during anytime of the day, on any day of the week, is to pay a special and precious visit to Jesus himself.
Even if you’re the only one there (as I often am), it is such a precious encounter with the living God who sees all.
I have longed for this as long as I’ve been Christian. Everytime I pay a visit to Jesus in the Eucharist, I feel like I’m fulfilling years of longing. Jesus is there! And I can have him all to myself in a special way.
How often should we go to the blessed Sacrament?
I suppose as often as you can. Jesus longs to meet with us. The only way to get closer to him than visiting him in the Sacrament is to eat his flesh and drink his blood during the Mass.
St John Bosco tells us that if we want to grow in our relationship with Jesus then we should visit him often.
Obviously, this isn’t always possible. Churches were shut everywhere during the COVID-19 pandemic. And we have our work responsibilities and all the other things we have to do in life.
But as much as we can, when it crosses our minds that we have a free moment to easily visit the Sacrament, it would bless us so much to go. And what joy it would bring to Jesus’ most sacred heart!!
Mary also leaps for joy in heaven every time we go to visit her Son. And God the Father smiles at us with the eyes of dearest love.
What does visiting Jesus in the blessed Sacrament do?
There’s perhaps no end to a list of positive effects that come from visiting Jesus in this way.
Obviously, if we go with love in our hearts for Jesus, we will receive the forgiveness of all our sins, certainly our venial ones (but presumably mortal ones too, although ask your priest about this).
We will increase our love for Jesus.
We will enjoy his love for us more and more.
His grace and joy will fill our hearts.
We will become gentler and more loving towards others.
We will have a better perspective about what really matters in life – not so much all those other things that often keep us away from God, but GOD himself!
The fact that we know we’ve chosen to attend a church in order to worship Jesus will help us take God and our faith far more seriously.
For giving just a few moments to God by paying him a holy visit, he will shower down his blessings upon us.
The Holy Spirit will fill us.
Each day we visit Jesus will be totally sanctified, so that Jesus will be with us in a special way for the rest of the day.
Saint quotes on visiting the blessed Sacrament
Here are some quotes from the saints to inspire you to think about doing this more often.
‘My sweetest Joy is to be in the presence of Jesus in the holy Sacrament. I beg that when obliged to withdraw in body, I may leave my heart before the holy Sacrament. How I would miss Our Lord if He were to be away from me by His presence in the Blessed Sacrament!’ – St Katharine Drexel
‘United with the angels and saints of the heavenly Church, let us adore the most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. Prostrate, we adore this great mystery that contains God’s new and definitive covenant with humankind in Christ.’ – St John Paul II
‘I understand that, each time we contemplate with desire and devotion the Host in which is hidden Christ’s Eucharistic Body, we increase our merits in heaven and secure special joys to be ours later in the beatific vision of God.’ – St Gertrude the Great
‘The Eucharist bathes the tormented soul in light and love. Then the soul appreciates these words, “Come all you who are sick, I will restore your health.”‘ – St Bernadette
‘You must propagate veneration of the Most Blessed Sacrament with all your might, for the devotion to the Holy Eucharist is the queen of all devotions.’ – Pope Benedict XV
‘The Eucharist is the consummation of the whole spiritual life.’ – St Thomas Aquinas
‘Yes, I am happy, perfectly happy; and do you wish to know where I find true happiness? At the feet of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.’ – Augustine Maria of the Blessed Sacrament
‘We must visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament a hundred thousand times a day.’ – St Francis de Sales
‘What happiness do we not feel in the presence of God, when we find ourselves alone at his feet, before the holy tabernacle! … Seeing our Lord Jesus Christ here, on that altar, and looking at us, how we should love him! We should want to stay always at his feet; it would be a foretaste of heaven; everything else would become insipid to us.’ – St John Vianney
‘I have a burning thirst to be honored by men in the Blessed Sacrament, and I find hardly anyone who strives, according to My desire, to allay this thirst by making Me some return of love.’ – Jesus speaking to St Margaret Mary
‘The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth.’ – St Mother Theresa
Obviously the saints say it far better than I ever could, and if you want a full list of quotes, click here.
The Eucharist is everything to us. It is our God. It is where God dwells on earth. It is the New Covenant that God has made with redeemed humanity.
Let us be often near it, because in doing this we will be often near Jesus himself.
God bless you, through Mary, Mother of the holy and blessed Sacrament of every Catholic altar.