"'The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers
to the sacrament of the Eucharist . . . adoration, not only
during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated
hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration
of the faithful and carrying them in procession" (CCC
If the doctrine of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
were not true, this would be the most monstrous idolatry:
bowing to bread and worshipping wine! And if it is true, then
not to adore is equally monstrous.
Eucharistic adoration has transformed many lives and parishes.
Pope John Paul II has said, "'The Church and the world
have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us
in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go
to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith,
and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes
of the world. Let our adoration never cease" (CCC 1380).