Posted by: L. E. Barnes | January 11, 2011

Eucharistic Adoration: A Step Backward??

Fr. Robert Barron takes fellow Catholic priest Fr. Richard McBrien to task for denigrating the practice of Eucharistic Adoration:

So if you love spending time in adoration of the blessed Sacrament, know that you are in good company! 🙂



  1. Eucharistic Adoration is seriously needed in the world today. It is because we are locking God out of our lives on a daily basis that the world is in such a mess. All peoples must come and bow down before Him.

    I am so happy we have Benediction after Mass one Sunday a month. Think if every parish did this throughout the world. We would see unbelievable miracles of healing and peace.

    • Our parish has eucharistic adoration after the first Friday morning mass each month. It’s something I’m trying to do more frequently.

  2. Thank you for sharing this! I cannot understand how any priest can denigrate Adoration. I have heard this before. And yet we look at some of the saints like Father Barron shared – Mother Teresa is one who was very devoted to Adoration. Pope John Paul II called for all parishes to have Perpetual Adoration!
    And there is another thing to look at – the graces and spiritual growth that happens to people and parishes that have adoration. Thomas Aquinas even realized that all he had written was just so much “straw” – it is our devotion and relationship to Jesus that matters. We need to judge by the fruit, eh?
    We have Eucharistic Adoration on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month for 26 hours! What a blessing.

    • Colleen,
      Yes, our relationship with Christ is the most improtant thing. Without that, all our theology, church activities, etc. are indeed just “so much straw.”
      There have been people in the parish who expressed interest in perpetual adoration, but it seems there are too many problems with our being able to do that now. But I can believe that wonderful things could happen if it were set up.

  3. McBrien …

    That man has truly suffered shipwreck of the Faith, and is for all practical purposes a protestant. The irony is in how McBrien is overshadowed by one Catholic intellectual in particular, a priest who has risen to great prominence in the wake of the Council, firmly committed to Vatican II and thought “dangerously progressive” by hard-line traditionalists, and who is yet a passionate advocate of Eucharistic Adoration. I speak of course of Pope Benedict XVI. The Holy Father is leading the Church boldly into the future, leaving the likes of McBrien behind as an anachronistic reminder of the vanity of modernism.

    • I don’t know a lot about McBrien, but from I’ve heard he’s quite liberal–and quite opinionated.

      Thanks for commenting. I didn’t realize that Pope Benedict was considered “dangerously progressive” by some at one time. He’s apparently proven them wrong. Yes, modernism (or so-called ‘progressivism’) is vanity.

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