May 8, 2008
Urges More Eucharistic Adoration
Greets Religious Sisters in Rome for Founder's Beatification
VATICAN CITY, MAY 7, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is urging a
promotion of love for the Eucharist, so that there will be more
adorers of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Pope renewed today his call for adoration of Christ in the
Eucharist when he greeted at the end of the general audience the
religious sisters of the Order of Sisters of the Perpetual Adoration
of the Blessed Sacrament, in Rome for the beatification of their
Maria Maddalena dell'Incarnazione (born Caterina Sordini) was
beatified Saturday in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. She was born
in 1770 and died in 1824. Her order was recognized by the Holy See
in 1818, and there are now communities of the sisters around the
In directing a special greeting to the women religious today -- as
he did Sunday after praying the Regina Caeli -- the Pope said: "I
encourage the increasing promotion of love for the Eucharist so
that, alongside each of the order's convents, groups of 'adorers'
"In this way, the longing of your beloved founder will be fulfilled,
[she] who loved to repeat, 'May Jesus be known, loved and adored by
all, and be in every moment the receiver of thanksgiving in the most
holy and most divine sacrament.'"
During the beatification ceremony, Cardinal Josť Saraiva Martins
said Blessed Maria Maddalena invites Christians "to a maximum
commitment to behave as believers always and everywhere […] so as to
bring about in our interior and in the world, the Kingdom of God,
which is the kingdom of peace, justice, sanctity and love."
The prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes said the Italian
founder "firmly believed in Jesus' words" and is a woman who offers
"a testimony of faith in the presence of the Son of God in the life
of the Church, centered in the Eucharist."
"Fascinated by the Eucharistic mystery," he continued, "her mission
-- received from the Lord himself -- was that of proposing […] to
the whole Church the experience of an adoration that is 'perpetual.'
Just as Jesus stays in the sacrament after the [Eucharistic]
celebration too, it is necessary for us to stay with him, [in an]
adoration that is prolonged through time."
According to the cardinal, the testimony of the new blessed is an
impulse "to never lose the conviction about the fundamental and
irreplaceable importance of prayer, and above all, the recognition
of the Eucharist in its role as source and summit of our faith