“Give us this bread always”
The sacraments are the third means to unite us with our Lord. He has instituted them to confer grace upon us, particularly the sacrament of penance, and, above all, the Eucharist, for this unites us intimately to Jesus Christ, and is hence called communion. In receiving this august and adorable mystery, we must unite ourselves to him by acts of faith, hope, and other virtues, but especially charity. We must strive to kindle a great fire of love in our heart, and reduce it to flames, by the consideration of what he give us; for, with more than royal profusion, he gives us himself entirely.
Ah! well did St. Thomas call the Holy Eucharist the sacrament of love. If the Passion and Death of our Lord were the effects of the infinite love he bore us—since he himself declared that greater love than this no man have: to give his life for his friend—yet all this was necessary, because he died to appease the justice of his Father, and to satisfy for our sins. But he has established the adorable sacrament of the altar to testify in a new and wonderful manner his immense love and to give himself entirely to us. Undoubtedly, in this sacrament he renders himself infinitely amiable to us. In the other life, when we shall have been purified in the highest degree, he will communicate to us the joy of his humanity and divinity, but he cannot wait so long, his love presses him to anticipate in our regard this union, though we have rendered ourselves so unworthy of it by our sins and imperfections. O what love! what excess of goodness! And how immense are our obligations to love him ardently in this divine sacrament!