Part 1

The Call to Adoration

The Prayer




The Words of God the Father,

The Lessons of Our Lord Jesus Christ,

The Messages of Our Lady of Emmitsburg,

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

and its Saints

(Compiled by Michael T. Sullivan, MD)

“…But the hour cometh, and now is,

when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth.

For the Father also seeketh such to adore him….”

(Jn 4:23)



Catholic tradition and teaching about prayer most often refer to prayer as a lifting up of one’s spirit to God for the purpose of praise and adoration, thanksgiving, petition and/or reparation.  In this specific compilation of the spiritual gifts given to the world by God the Father  in His Words to the world, Our Lord Jesus Christ in His Lessons, and Our Lady of Emmitsburg in her Messages through their messenger, Gianna Talone Sullivan, supplemented by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the writings of the Saints, we hope to review and come to better understand the “Prayer of Adoration.”

In the online Modern Catholic Dictionary, the word “adoration” is defined as “the act of religion by which God is recognized as alone worthy of supreme honor because he is infinitely perfect, and has supreme dominion over humans and the right to human total dependence on the Creator. It is at once an act of mind and will, expressing itself in appropriate prayers, postures of praise, and acts of reverence and sacrifice.”

God made it very clear to Moses when he was leading the Jews out of Egypt that the primary obligation of humanity towards its Creator was one of adoration.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church goes into considerable detail in explaining this in its discussion of the first of the Ten Commandments.


Catechism of the Catholic Church


2083  Jesus summed up man’s duties toward God in this saying: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”1 This immediately echoes the solemn call: “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God is one LORD.”


God has loved us first. The love of the One God is recalled in the first of the “ten words.” The commandments then make explicit the response of love that man is called to give to his God.

“…Then Jesus said to him:

Begone, Satan: for it is written,

The Lord thy God shalt thou adore,

and Him only shalt thou serve….”

(Mt 4:10)


Our Adoration of God

“…Blessed are the clean of heart,

for they shall see God….”

(Mt 5:8)


In today’s modern world and in the so-called “Age of Mary,” we often think of “seeing God” a privilege of a few holy mystics; however, Our Lord in His Lessons to the world reminds us that “seeing God” is not always dependent on human senses, but may be experienced by any of God’s children in the silence of their own hearts.  There God can be tended to in much the same way as Our Lady tended Him after the Ascension.  Prayer is that tool of intimacy through which we can enter that silence of the heart where God dwells, where not only can He be adored as He desires, but where we too can be honored:


“…My dear ones, how good it is to have My people tend to Me….You are tending to Me in the silence of your heart; not only silencing your mouth, ears, mind and soul, but your heart.  It is this silence of the heart I wish to speak of to My people….A silent heart is one stripped of the feelings of emotion, but in the presence of My Spirit, (a heart) which molds the soul and suspends it in a form which adores God….When your heart is silent, you can see God everywhere and in everyone, because your heart is pure….


“If My people would quiet their minds, adore Me and come follow Me, seeking after My Way, they would be likened to the saints, My saints….Silence your heart, and you shall see Me.  I give to you all of My Being, and I await all of your being!...”  (JOM, Vol IV, #30, July 16, 1992, Silence of the Heart)


“…I highly esteem souls who wish to tend and adore Me….Follow the way of My Mother.  All of her glory came to exist because of Me.  How I wish all to adore Me and tend lovingly and tenderly to Me as She!...Times are difficult for many, but I am here with you on earth and in Heaven.  Suffering is painful, yet joy can exist because I can grace you with this virtue…O how blessed are they who quietly accept, without recognition and compensation for their efforts, their suffering when they feel nothing, and yet desire only to tend and adore Me.  It is true intimacy when the closer you get to the reign of God, the further away you think you are; and so you humble yourself unto Me, as I humbled Myself unto you to the point of death….My Father knows that no one, who would do anything for Me, would ever deny Him, for We are One!...”  (JOM, Vol IV, #3, Oct. 9, 1991, Tend, Adore!)


“…Prayer is the vessel through which love is purified and perfected.  It is the tool of intimacy.  Take time to listen to My silence….Meditate and ponder the mystery of Love….When your heart is dedicated to My Love, it is also dedicated to yourself, for My glory is also yours.  Love Me with all your heart and you will be inseparable from Me.  When I am adored, you too are honored….”  (JOM, Vol V, #7, Mar. 6, 1995, Prayer: the Tool of Intimacy)


“…Behold, Thou hast made my days measurable:

and my substance is as nothing before Thee.

And indeed all things are vanity: every man living….”

(Ps 38:6)


So much emphasis in our culture is placed on achievement as well as success and failure, and far too little emphasis is placed on faithfulness, innocence and dependence on God.  To respond to God as He desires requires trust, not just simple trust, but a supernatural trust fed by God’s grace.  However, trusting in God is not necessarily politically correct in many circles, thus placing limits on the true Peace available to us during this life.  Without that Peace, Our Lord reminds us of our inability to be truly free—a freedom that lies only in knowing the Truth:


“…Have you ever pondered the wondrous works of God?...You merit nothing at the works of your own hands.  Everything is given to you as a gift from Him…Be dependent on Him like little children….He decrees what is necessary to bring the soul to perfection in His Love.  All His works are wondrous, a sight for the eyes to behold in adoration….Take delight in God.  He awaits your love….”   (JOM, Vol V, #9, Mar. 20, 1995, The Wondrous Works of God)


“…Those who trust in Me are not moved by the offenses of man’s words….It is I who sees the ways of those who are guilty and the ways of those who are innocent!  It is I Who am the judge.  I make judgment, not man….


“…Do not allow the words of man to harm you.  Trust in Me and in My words, and My judgment shall find you free!...If you are knowingly guilty, change your ways….Those who are innocent know that I am the judge, not man.  Offer in sacrifice your crucifixion, and be at peace.  The grace of your trust has blessed you with the Kingdom of Peace.  I shall come to your aid and be by your side at all times….Peace comes in trusting and adoring.   It is a grace.  Peace finds you.  You do not find peace….Adore Me in purity without consolation, and you will be free always.  No man can give you the freedom that I give….”  (JOM, Vol IV, 6, Oct. 27, 1991, The Only Judge)

“…And you shall know the truth,

and the truth shall make you free….”

(Jn 8:32)


It is easy to give up on our prayer life, especially when it seems that God is not listening; however, God’s response may often be influenced by the absence of our “yes.”  It is much more convenient for us to respond with a conditional “maybe” and to pursue goals that would be considered anything but those of little children in the eyes of God.  Thus, our victory is still attainable, but it may come with far more pain and suffering during the battle than would have been necessary:


“…The Eternal Father responds and hears the cries of His children.  It was through the ‘yes’ of My Mother that the Church was born.  It is through the ‘yes’ of the little children that the salvation of humanity shall come and peace will exist….


“…All the little children are invited to be instruments of My Peace….Tell all the children they are invited to be instruments of My Peace….Form an army…Be consecrated…Pray in your families…Do little penances…, and adore the Holy Trinity through devotion to the most Blessed Sacrament….


“…Do you not see that it is the children who can save the world through their little ways, their purity, innocence, simpleness, prayers and weakness? …My Father never fails to respond to any little child who cries out to Him…As the battle was once engaged in the heavens and the angel Lucifer was cast out from the heavens, so too will the battle again engage; and if they say ‘yes,’ the children will be victorious, casting out the death of evil….”  (JOM, Vol V, #2, Nov. 25, 1994, The Power of the Children)

“…You are of God, little children, and have overcome them.

Because greater is He that is in you, than one who is in the world….”

(1 Jn 4:4)


How Does One Adore?

“Blessed may you be, O Lord, God of Israel our father from eternity to eternity.

Yours, o Lord, are grandeur and power, majesty, splendor and glory. 

For all in heaven and on earth is yours; yours, O Lord, is the sovereignty;

you are exalted as head over all.  Riches and honor are from you,

and you have dominion over all.  In your hand are power and might;

it is yours to give grandeur and strength to all….”

(1 Chron 29:11-12)


Our Lady of Emmitsburg shares her early experience with God and His Love and how she had to wait in anticipation, to adore and be not afraid to risk as God’s Plan unfolded in her life.  This sequence of progress in the spiritual life is one which may be common in all of our spiritual journeys as the circumstances and events of our lives are used to peel away all of our human attachments so that we can unconditionally adore and serve our God.  Sometimes it seems that it would have been far easier for us if God had not given us the gift of free will.  There would be less pain involved in surrendering something we never had, but it would lessen the glory we give to God and detract from the glory which awaits us in eternity.  Thus, God planned it differently:


Free Will versus the Divine Will

“…The Holy Spirit will come upon you,

and the power of the Most High will overshadow you…”

(Lk 1:35)


“…My little children, God in His Love instructed my soul and spoke to me in the middle of the silence and darkness of the world.  There I surrendered in the trust and poverty of a child…I had only one desire, that of reaching the summit of Love….You also, children, are invited to walk the passage of Love, seen though it may be veiled in silence and little consolation….Your Jesus will turn your sorrow and darkness into joy, and a luminous light will dawn a new tomorrow.  Wait in anticipation and adore Him.  Walk where He leads you with the trust and poverty of a child….  (Public OLOE, Dec. 16, 1999)


“…The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you!...Nothing will be impossible, for He is God….Say ‘yes’ to His Will and entrust your life to Him.  He will lead you through the darkness into the Light, through the cold and wind to warmth and to a safe harbor, a destiny filled with Love…There is hope for you….”  (Public OLOE, Dec. 16, 1999)


“…God draws you to His breast and holds you tight.  The Heavenly court of angels sing the glorious hymns of praise and adoration.  Come, all you my little children, come to the Father of Love.  You are called by name to receive His zeal of Love….Do not be afraid to risk your honor, and never cease working in the field of love and service to God…I need an army who will face challenges with love and fidelity to God, and who will surrender in faithfulness to Him.  The battle against Truth strikes, but the power of persistence, perseverance and love results in victory, freedom and Peace….”  (Public OLOE, Dec. 8, 1994)


“…See everything that happens as being part of God’s Plan, and do not let anything disturb your peace….See everything as the ‘coming of Jesus.’  Do not focus on all the evil in the world, but how God, through His goodness and His Divine Will, shall level the works of evil and balance everything with new growth….Jesus desires to be praised, loved, blessed and adored by you.  He awaits your attentive love….”  (Public OLOE, Nov. 13, 1997)


“…Be at peace in your tribulations and be confident in God’s promise…Every day of your life should be lived for God in offering.  It should be filled with…a song of love and adoration for His kindness and faithfulness…No matter the circumstance, your heart of love should be dedicated in resignation to God’s Will and filled with Joy….”  (Public OLOE, Dec. 15, 1994)


“…People love differently on a human scale; but when the soul loves God, it separates the attachments of the human life from that which is Divine.  All the masquerades and struggles of life and all the imaginary pleasures and powers of life, including the love of life, are silenced. God alone is adored and served….There should be only one attachment for the soul and that attachment is to God alone.  The spirit of the soul cries out and longs to be with its Creator….Ponder my words and synchronize your thoughts, words from your lips, and actions, to reflect a sincere heart….”    (Public OLOE, Aug. 5, 1999)

“…For whosoever shall do the Will of God,

he is My brother, and My sister, and mother….”

(Mk 3:35)




Prayers of Thanksgiving and Praise
“…Give thanks whilst thou art living,

whilst thou art alive and in health thou shalt give thanks,

and shalt praise God, and shalt glory in His mercies….”

(Sir 17:27)


For most of us, our most frequent prayer is one of petition for what we think we need, and our often forgotten prayer is one of thanksgiving and praise. 


“…When you pray and you come and pour your heart out to my Son, especially before Him in the Most Blessed Sacrament, He already knows what is in your heart.  That God allows you to come before my Son and adore Him in the midst of your turmoil and distractions, and to rest your soul in Him, is a tremendous gift to you and a request from God that should be heeded at all costs.  To thank Him, to love Him, to give all of whom your are, with every emotion and every fiber of your being, or even without emotion, is a great gift from you to God….But He also desires for you to listen so that He can give to you both discreetly and invisibly the strength and the Wisdom you need….

“…Adore Him and thank Him!...”

(Private OLOE, July 12, 2006)


“…So much has unfolded, and so much more is to unfold in this time period….So listen to the words of God your Father.  Hear what He has to say; and within your hearts, allow it to become the very fiber of your being.  For if at all costs you adore Him and graciously give Him the praise, then your sufferings and praises will greatly glorify Him…”  (Private OLOE, July 24, 2006)


Prayer Our Lady taught Gianna:

Jesus, I adore you.

In You I hope.

In You I trust.

In You I have faith.

For it is in You that all things are possible. 

You are Our Living God.



“…The Lord is my helper and my protector:

in Him hath my heart confided, and I have been helped.

And my flesh hath flourished again,

and with my will I will give praise to Him….”

(Ps 27:7)



Our Lady’s Adoration of God

“…Hail, favored one!

The Lord is with you….”

( Lk 1:28)


It is appropriate that we place Our Lady on a pedestal, but often we forget that she was a human being like us in all ways except sin.  Yes, she was the Mother of God and our spiritual mother, but she too had the obligation to adore and obey her God.  It is quite beautiful to hear the words of Our Lady of Emmitsburg as she describes her own relationship with God and how so many aspects of that relationship are no different than ours, with the exception that we have her as our role model and advocate in becoming the saints we were created to become. 


Our Lady was not the Light of Christ, nor can we become that independently.  In her very own words to Elizabeth, she acknowledged that her soul only “magnified” the Lord.  We too are invited to magnify the Lord’s Love and Mercy, to reflect His most perfect virtue, and to allow His Light to shine from within us if we have provided a suitable home in our hearts for Him to dwell:


“…Blessings from the Triune God, where my heart dwells in adoration, are upon you….”  (Private OLOE, Jan 11, 2006)


“Dear children, I am a Mother, ‘full of grace.’  I have extended my hand to you.  I have presented my most adorable and merciful Son to you….My Merciful Son has allowed me to distribute these graces to you.  I have a duty as a Mother to warn, to challenge, to protect and to draw all people to God.  Please, receive these graces while I am still allowed….”  (Public OLOE, July 13, 2008)


“…As a Mother I am your friend; but as a mother, I am a Mother first, and my first devotion is to God.  You are always safe with me; and I will protect you, I will help you, I will correct you, and I will lead you and guide you to the Truth—that being my Son.  I do not care what happens regarding myself, because I know that God cares ultimately for me and you,; and He will always defend the cause!...I bless you in his most adorable and omnipotent Name….With the Triune God, the Blessed Trinity, may you remain One with Us!...”  (Private OLOE, Nov. 25, 2009)



Everything to God

“…Which when Jesus had heard, He said to him:

‘Yet one thing is wanting to thee:

sell all whatever thou hast, and give to the poor,

and thou shalt have treasure in heaven;

and come, follow Me….’”

(Lk 18:22)


Our Lady of Emmitsburg gives tribute to her spouse, Joseph, as one who offered everything to God.  So, too, did Our Lady.  It was their self-offering that unleashed the power of the Hand of God and brought Truth into a very dark world.  Many would think that the world we live in now is even far darker than it was then.  It is that same power, the power of the Hand of God, that each of us has been asked to share in, but only if we too can give everything to God:


“…Day by day I ask you to continue to relinquish yourself and look to God.  Whether you are happy or whether you are sad, whether you are irritable or whether you are glad, it does not matter.  Give everything to God.  That is what my Joseph did.  That is what I did.  In the presence of my most adorable and omnipotent Son, Your Savior and God, there were so many times we did not know or understand, but we gave and we gave as you can give and continue to give…I bless you in His most adorable Name, Emmanuel….I do not doubt that you will rise and accomplish all that has been asked of you….”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 21, 2009)


“  For all your petitions that you give—for yourselves and on behalf of those for whom you care—I take them to my most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, and I will present them to my most adorable Son, your omnipotent King, Who is all merciful and all-loving.  If the world but stopped for one moment of breath to be enlightened by His Mercy and the validity of His Love, Truth could but only prevail….In a world where there is neither enough food nor love, and in a world where people believe scarcity is a way of life, I tell you that it is a world of abundance.  The world in which you live is one that does not see clearly all the graces and gifts it has and the power given to you by the Hand of God Himself….”   (Private OLOE, Mar. 18, 2010)


“…The power of the earth is in the Hand of God,

and in His time He will raise up a profitable Ruler over it….”

(Sir 10:4)



End of Adoration, Part 1


“…Saying with a loud voice:

‘Fear the Lord, and give Him honor,

because the hour of His judgment is come;

and adore ye Him that made heaven and earth,

the sea, and the fountains of waters….’”

(Rev 14:7)