~by Susi Pittman
Did you know that the word Eucharist is defined in the dictionary as “thanksgiving?”
In the spirit of “thanksgiving” we share what the great saints of the Church had to say about the Holy Eucharist:
The Blessed Sacrament is that Presence which makes a Catholic church different from every other place in the world; which makes it, as no other place can be, holy. ~ Cardinal Newman
As fire converts into itself those things upon which it has power to act; so in like manner Our Lord, who is a consuming fire, by communicating Himself to us in the Holy Eucharist, transforms us into His likeness. ~ St. Dionysius the Areopagite
By His Incarnation the Lord has given Himself to all men in general; but in this Sacrament He has given Himself to each of us in particular, to make us understand the special love which He entertains for each of us. ~ St. Liguori
O Jesus, lying here concealed before my eye,
I pray Thou grant me that for which I ceaseless sigh,
To see the vision clear of Thine unveiled face,
Blest with the glories bright that fill Thy dwelling place.
~ St. Thomas Aquinas
It is a wonderful meditation to think that Jesus, who ascended into Heaven, did not leave us orphans, but continually descends upon the earth every time the Mass is said and is real food to nourish us in our journey back to our beginning, His Kingdom with Almighty God! Jesus is present in all the Catholic tabernacles in the world and remains with us until the end of time.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.
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