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Reflections on the Eucharist, July 2011
Monday, July 18th 2011

St Thomas“The Blessed Eucharist is the perfect Sacrament of the Lord’s Passion, since It contains Christ Himself and his Passion.”  — Thomas Aquinas

“The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Love; It signifies Love, It produces love.  The Eucharist is the consummation of the whole spiritual life.” — St. Thomas Aqunias

“The Bread of angels has become the Bread of mankind;
This heavenly Bread puts an end to all images;
O wonderful reality!
The poor, the slave, and the humble can eat the Lord.”
–St. Thomas Aquinas, Panis Angelicus

“Material food first changes into the one who eats it, and then, as a consequence, restores to him lost strength and increases his vitality. Spiritual food, on the other hand, changes the person who eats it into itself. Thus the effect proper to this Sacrament is the conversion of a man into Christ, so that he may no longer live, but Christ lives in him; consequently, it has the double effect of restoring the spiritual strength he had lost by his sins and defects, and of increasing the strength of his virtues.”
— St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Book IV of the Sentences, d.12, q.2, a.11

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