God's Greatest Gift

Posted May 17, 2009

St. Augustine, the great saint who lived in the fourth century and was converted from his worldly ways through the unceasing prayers of his mother, St. Monica, once launched a spiritual teaching with what today’s advertising moguls would call a “teaser.” He said, “There is only one thing God does not know. He does not know how he could give us a gift greater than himself-–and he has given us the gift of himself as bread in the Holy Eucharist.” ….

Communion involves a physical, spiritual, and emotional intimacy in which God, who the heavens cannot contain, is totally contained within our heart and our body. This is a supernal marvel that only God could design. It is as if God’s limitless love has, as it were, exhausted his own divine ingenuity in designing a way to get eminently close to his beloved human creatures, whom he has fashioned in his own image and likeness.

The Healing Power of the Eucharist by Father John Hampsch, C.M.F.  – Servant Books