Matt C. Abbott
Silence, St. Faustina, adoration
By Matt C. Abbott
March 30, 2018

Below are brief excerpts – including endorsements from Cardinal Robert Sarah and Bishop James Conley – from Susan Tassone's latest book, St. Faustina Prayer Book for Adoration. Click here to order a copy from

From Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments:

Silence is necessary for a true sacramental life: it leads to adoration, to a personal encounter with the Living God. Before the Divine Majesty, we are at loss for words. Who would dare speak up in the presence of the Almighty? For this reason, I am pleased to encourage the reading of this St. Faustina Prayer Book for Adoration. May St. Faustina's wisdom help us tame the 'dictatorship of noise' through silencing our eyes and ears in order that for our hearts 'faith provides a supplement for the failure of the senses'!

From Bishop James D. Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln:

I am absolutely convinced that today we must turn to Eucharistic adoration to be strengthened for the battles of our day. Susan Tassone gives us prayers, insights, gazes, and so much more to help us live Eucharistic-centered lives. Ours is an age of noise. Unless we return to silence in our lives, we will not be able to withstand the chaos of the world. It gave me great joy to find Susan's section on the "graces of silence" included in this book.


May you, like St. Faustina, find a friend and constant companion in Jesus

Susan Tassone – longtime friend of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception – has a well-deserved reputation as the "Purgatory Lady." Few other Catholics working in the vineyard of the Lord today have spent as much time championing the cause of the holy souls. That's why I'm honored and delighted to write the foreword to her latest book.

Here are the many different elements of St. Faustina's adoration of Our Lord, both before the Eucharist in the chapel and privately in her room. That deep life-changing and soul-changing devotion was at the heart of her spirituality, personal life, and mission. They were acts partly for her own sake; partly for the sake of the world, so badly in need of Divine Mercy; and partly in response to the longing of Jesus' Sacred Heart for us to return his love.

Susan does a fabulous job of making this important aspect of the life of St. Faustina alive for us today. In fact, be sure to read her chapter on silent adoration. I find this one to be particularly practical. So many times people ask me, "Father, I don't know what to say in adoration." Well, sometimes the answer is simply say nothing. Let God do the talking!

Here's a book that can help you to pray with our without words. It's one to be used before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and with him at home.

I pray that you, like St. Faustina, draw tremendous spiritual benefits from your time in adoration. And, as Susan recommends, that you include prayers for the holy souls in purgatory as you visit with our Crucified Lord, the willing Victim. May you, like St. Faustina, find a friend and constant companion in him as you make adoration a normal – and central – part of your own life.

May God bless you, Mary Immaculate always intercede for you, and St. Faustina pray for you.

Father Chris M. Alar, MIC
Director, Association of Marian Helpers
National Shrine of The Divine Mercy
Stockbridge, Massachusetts

(Click here to read a recent interview with Susan Tassone by Father Edward Looney.)

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at

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