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The Holy Eucharist & The Goodness and Love of God



The Holy Eucharist & The Goodness and Love of God

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"Christ's love for us: behold the Eucharist!" (Pope Paul VI)

"Every Communion is a new gift which Jesus Christ makes of Himself." (St. Ignatius Loyola)

"Your love for me is so deep that You could offer me nothing less than yourself."

"Oh! Unheard of goodness of a God incorporating himself with his creature!" (From 'Act of Thanksgiving')

"[T]he Redeemer of the means of the Eucharist [pours] out the wealth of his Divine love on humans." (Pope Pius XII)

"God in His omnipotence could not give more, in His wisdom He knew not how to give more, in His riches He had not more to give, than the Eucharist." (St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church)

"Neither gifts nor portraits take the place of the beloved one. And our Lord knew it well. We needed Him, and so He gave us Himself." (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)

"What more could Jesus have done for us? Truly, in the Eucharist, he shows us a love which goes 'to the end' (cf. Jn 13:1), a love which knows no measure." (Pope John Paul II)

"A saint has told us that one day at Mass he saw Jesus Christ with his hands full of gifts, looking for souls to whom he might give them." (St. John Vianney)

"The Mass is a compendium of all God's love, of all His benefits to men, and each Mass bestows on the world a benefit not less than what was conferred on it by the Incarnation." (St. Bonaventure, Doctor of the Church)

"If the love of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament does not win our hearts, Jesus is vanquished! Our ingratitude is greater than His Goodness; our malice is more powerful than His Charity!" (St. Peter Julian Eymard)

"No tongue can express the greatness of the love which Jesus Christ bears to our souls. He did not wish that between Him and His servants there should be any other pledge than Himself, to keep alive the remembrance of Him." (St. Peter of Alcantara)

"Jesus Christ found a way by which he could ascend into Heaven and yet remain on the earth. He instituted the adorable Sacrament of the Eucharist so that he might stay with us, and be the Food of our soul; that he might console us and be our companion." (St. John Vianney)

"To show the love He has for us, He has made it possible for those who desire it not merely to look upon Him, but even to touch Him and to consume Him and to fix their teeth in His flesh and to be commingled with Him - in short, to fulfill all their love." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

"In all He did from the Incarnation to the Cross, the end Jesus Christ had in mind was the gift of the Eucharist, His personal and corporal union with each Christian [that is, Catholic] through Communion. He saw in It the means of communicating to us all the treasures of His Passion, all the virtues of His Sacred Humanity, and all the merits of His Life." (St. Peter Julian Eymard)

"Eternal Wisdom, on the one hand, wished to prove his love for man by dying in his place in order to save him, but on the other hand, he could not bear the thought of leaving him. So he devised a marvelous way of dying and living at the same time, and of abiding with man until the end of time. So, in order to fully satisfy his love, he instituted the sacrament of Holy Eucharist and went to the extent of changing and overturning nature itself." (St. Louis Marie de Montfort)

"This then is what Christ intended when he instituted this Venerable Sacrament, namely, by awakening charity towards God to promote mutual charity among men. For the latter, as is plain, is by its very nature rooted in the former, and springs from it by a kind of spontaneous growth. Nor is it possible that there should be any lack of charity among men, or rather it must needs be enkindled and flourish, if men would but ponder well the charity which Christ has shown in this Sacrament." (Pope Leo XIII, "Mirae Caritatis", 1902 A.D.)

"[T]he Eucharist is the highest expression of divine love because, desiring to communicate himself to his creature in every possible way, the Infinite Love that had already communicated itself in creation, in the Incarnation and through grace, now communicates itself in a new way, as man feeds on the body of Christ and in a mysterious manner takes on divinity. The Eucharist adds too to man's love, because man is enabled to respond to God's infinite love with a love that runs through an infinity of space, to pour itself out and be dissolved in the Beloved." (Amerio)

"[When you see the Body of Christ] exposed, say to yourself: Thanks to this body, I am no longer dust and ashes, I am no more a captive but a freeman; hence I hope to attain heaven and the good things that are there in store for me, eternal life, the heritage of the angels, companionship with Christ; death has not destroyed this body which was pierced by nails and scourged...this is that body which was once covered with blood, pieced by a lance, from which issued saving fountains upon the world, one of blood and the other of water... This body He gave to us to keep and eat, as a mark of His intense love." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

"Oh, how sweet and kind to the ear of the sinner is the word by which you, my Lord God, invite the poor and needy to receive your most holy Body! Who am I, Lord, that I should presume to approach you? Behold, the heaven of heavens cannot contain you, and yet you say: 'Come, all of you, to Me.' What means this most gracious honor and this friendly invitation? How shall I dare to come, I who am conscious of no good on which to presume? How shall I lead you into my house, I who have so often offended in your most kindly sight? Angels and archangels revere you, the holy and the just fear you, and you say: 'Come to Me, all of you!' If you, Lord, had not said it, who would have believed it to be true? And if you had not commanded, who would dare approach?" (Kempis)

"Wherefore, our Savior, when about to depart out of this world to the Father, instituted this Sacrament, in which He poured forth as it were the riches of His divine love towards man, making a remembrance of his wonderful works; and He commanded us, in the participation thereof, to venerate His memory, and to show forth his death until He comes to judge the world. But He wished also that this sacrament should be received as the spiritual food of souls, whereby they may be fed and strengthened, living the life of Him who said, He that eateth me, the same also shall live by me; and as an antidote, whereby we may be freed from daily faults, and be preserved from mortal sins. He would, furthermore, have it be a pledge of our glory to come, and everlasting happiness, and thus be a symbol of that one body whereof He is the head, and to which He would fain have us as members be united by the closest bond of faith, hope, and charity, that we might all speak the same things, and there might be no schisms amongst us." (Council of Trent, 1551 A.D.) 

"Accordingly, Venerable Brethren, it has seemed good to Us to address you on certain points connected with this same mystery [of the Eucharist], for the defense and honor of which the solicitude of the Church has been so constantly engaged, for which Martyrs have given their lives, which has afforded to men of the highest genius a theme to be illustrated by their learning, their eloquence, their skill in all the arts; and this We will do in order to render more clearly evident and more widely known those special characteristics by virtue of which it is so singularly adapted to the needs of these our times. It was towards the close of His mortal life that Christ our Lord left this memorial of His measureless love for men, this powerful means of support 'for the life of the world' (St. John vi., 52). And precisely for this reason, We, being so soon to depart from this life, can wish for nothing better than that it may be granted to us to stir up and foster in the hearts of all men the dispositions of mindful gratitude and due devotion towards this wondrous Sacrament, wherein most especially lie, as We hold, the hope and the efficient cause of salvation and of that peace which all men so anxiously seek." (Pope Leo XIII, "Mirae Caritatis", 1902 A.D.)

"Nothing contributes more to the spiritual joy and advantage of pious persons than the contemplation of the exalted dignity of this most august Sacrament [of the Holy Eucharist]. In the first place they learn how great is the perfection of the Gospel Dispensation, under which we enjoy the reality of that which under the Mosaic Law was only shadowed forth by types and figures. Hence St. Denis divinely says that our Church is midway between the Synagogue and the heavenly Jerusalem, and consequently participates of the nature of both. Certainly, then, the faithful can never sufficiently admire the perfection of the holy Church and her exalted glory which seems to be removed only by one degree from the bliss of heaven. In common with the inhabitants of heaven, we too possess Christ, God and man, present with us. They are raised a degree of us, inasmuch as they are present with Christ and enjoy the Beatific Vision; while we, with a firm and unwavering faith, adore the Divine Majesty present with us, not it is true, in a manner visible to mortal eye, but hidden in a miracle of power under the veil of the sacred mysteries. Furthermore the faithful experience in this Sacrament the most perfect love of Christ our Savior. It became the goodness of the Savior not to withdraw from us that nature which He assumed from us, but to desire, as far as possible, to remain among us so that at all times He might be seen to verify the words: My delight is to be with the children of men. (Prov. viii. 31)." (Catechism of the Council of Trent)

"Christ's love towards men was so great that not only was He willing to endure most cruel sufferings for our salvation and an atrocious death on the cross, but also He wished to nourish us eternally in the sacrament of His Body and Blood. In this way, He might strengthen us by the presence of His divinity and be the safest bulwark of our spiritual life. And not content to have loved us with such an outstanding and truly divine love, He heaped benefits on benefits, poured out the riches of His love upon us, and, as you know so well, having loved His own He loved them to the end. For, declaring Himself to be an eternal Priest according to the order of Melchisedech, He instituted permanently His priesthood in the Catholic Church. He decreed that that same Sacrifice which He performed is to redeem the whole human race from the yoke of sin to reconcile all things in heaven and earth, and to remain until the consummation of the world. He decreed that it be renewed and take plaice daily by the ministry of the priesthood. Only the reason for the offering is diverse, namely, that the salvific and most abundant fruits of His passion might forever be dispersed upon mankind. In the unbloody sacrifice of the Mass, celebrated by priests, the same life-giving victim [Christ] is offered up. This entreaty reconciles us to God the Father. It 'renews in a mysterious way the death of Christ, who having risen from the dead dies no longer. Death no longer has domination over Him. Still, He is sacrificed for us in the mystery of this sacred oblation.'" (Pope Pius IX, "Amantissimi Redemptoris", 1858 A.D.)

"The mind is greatly moved by realizing Christ's presence on the altar, but when it further reflects that He comes to us because His affection for us is like that of the betrothed for his bride, which will not allow him to pass a single day without seeing and conversing with her, the Christian wishes he had a thousand hearts wherewith to make a fitting return for such love. He longs to cry out with St. Augustine: 'Domine, quid tibi sum, quia jubes me diligere te? Quid tibi sum? Lord, what am I to Thee, what Thou shouldst bid me love Thee? What am I to Thee?' Why dost Thou so fervently desire to see and to embrace me? Thou, who dost dwell in heaven in company with those who understand so well how Thou shouldst be served and loved, dost come to me, who only know how to offend Thee or to render Thee slack service. Canst not Thou, then, O my Lord, be happy without me, that my love should draw Thee down to me? O blessed mayst Thou be, who being what Thou art, hast yet set Thy heart upon such a creature as me! Can it be that Thou, King as Thou art, dost come here and dost place Thyself in my [priestly] hand, and seem to say: 'I died once for thy sake and I come to thee now to show thee that I do not repent of it, but on the contrary that, if there were need, I would give my life for thee a second time?' Who could remain unmoved by such love? Who could hide himself, O Lord, from Thy burning Heart, which warms our own by its very presence, and is like a mighty furnace, throwing out sparks of fire on all around it? Such a Lord as this...visits us from heaven, and we, wretches as we are, [converse] with Him and receive Him within our breasts!" (St. John of Avila, c. 1560 A.D.)

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