"The Mass is at the same time, and inseparably, the sacrificial memorial in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated and the sacred banquet of communion with the Lord's body and blood. But the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice is wholly directed toward the intimate union of the faithful with Christ through communion. To [...]
"If I have no contact whatsoever with God in my life, then I cannot see in the other anything more than the other, and I am incapable of seeing in him the image of God." Source: Pope Benedict XVI, God is Love: Deus Caritas Est, Ignatius Press, 2006.
"Gluttony is hypocrisy of the stomach. Filled, it moans about scarcity; stuffed, and crammed, it wails about its hunger." Source: St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent
"Two things may be considered in this sacrament, to wit, the sacrament itself, and the reality of the sacrament: and it appears from both that this sacrament has the power of forgiving venial sins. For this sacrament is received under the form of nourishing food. Now nourishment from food is requisite for the body to [...]
"This is a hard saying and, who can take it? Thus exclaimed the Pharisees when Our Lord set forth to them the Mystery of the Eucharist, and demanded of them the submission of their Jewish repugnances to the Faith of Jesus Christ." Source: St. Peter Julian Eymard, The Divine Eucharist St. Peter Julian Eymard [...]
"You will never be devout of heart unless you are thus silent about the affairs of others and pay particular attention to yourself." Source: Thomas a’ Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Dover Thrift Editions, 1940.
"However many consolations and pledges of love the Lord may give you, therefore, you must never be so sure of yourselves that you cease to be afraid of falling back again, and you must keep yourselves from occasions of sin." Source: Saint Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection, Dover Thrift Editions, 2012. [...]
"Oh! how pleased He is when we give up some of our occupations, or some frivolities to spend a quarter of an hour with Him to console Him!" Source: St. John Vianney, The Meditations of the Curé D’Ars