Thought of the Day June 27, 2016

By 9:57 AM

"If the poison of pride is swelling up in you, turn to the Eucharist; and that Bread, Which is your God humbling and disguising Himself, will teach you humility. If the fever of selfish greed rages in you, feed on this Bread; and you will learn generosity. If the cold wind of coveting withers you, hasten to the Bread of Angels; and charity will come to blossom in your heart. If you feel the itch of intemperance, nourish yourself with the Flesh and Blood of Christ, Who practiced heroic self-control during His earthly life; and you will become temperate. If you are lazy and sluggish about spiritual things, strengthen yourself with this heavenly Food; and you will grow fervent. Lastly, if you feel scorched by the fever of impurity, go to the banquet of the Angels; and the spotless Flesh of Christ will make you pure and chaste."  ( St. Cyril of Alexandria) Do we approach the Eucharist with this much faith and conviction? What he is saying is that the more the Eucharist is truly the food of our spiritual journey, then the various bumps along the way can be dealt with more effectively through our intimate relationship with Jesus. He also is reminding us to receive the Eucharist as often as possible so that we will have the strength to deal with our struggles better. The Body and Blood of Jesus is not another food but THE Food and Drink we most desperately need.

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