The great personal devotion of the Cure himself was his devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. He knew that love for the Blessed Sacrament was the most powerful means of renewing the heart of a parish. He inspired his people, mostly by personal example, often to make visits. The school teacher, Mr. Pertinand, testified, "I cannot recollect a single occasion when, on entering the church, I did not find someone or other in adoration." Such was the devotion to the Blessed Sacrament by 1825. Even some men left their farm tools leaning against the wall of the church while they made a visit. One of the men, Mr. Chaffangeon--a dear old man who did not know many prayers--told the Cure one day, "I look at the good God, and He looks at me." His was a simple faith in the Blessed Sacrament like the simple faith of an adoring angel. Perhaps fifty women and maybe a dozen men attended daily Mass. Some families tried to have a representative at Holy Mass each day. Holy Communion, especially frequent Holy Communion, was encouraged in many inventive ways: the people were urged to receive on anniversaries, on the occasion of a Baptism, or a marriage, or on any big feast or holiday.

The climax of the Cure's ardent love for the Eucharist came on Corpus Christi...

He had already encouraged as many homes as possible to build altars of repose so that the parish would be blessed by a multiplicity of Benedictions. There were altar boys, flower girls, and a huge procession of all the people... Never did he weary of carrying the heavy monstrance. "Why should I be tired?" he questioned a sympathizer. "He whom I carried likewise carried me." The only joy that could approach that of Corpus Christi was the joy of Holy Thursday, when he used to remain all night on his knees in silent adoration.

The Cure of Ars
Fr. Bartholomew O'Brien