Sunday, December 28, 2008

Why Christ Established the Eucharist ...

On the last night of His life, realizing that the long-desired hour of His death for the love of man had come, our Redeemer did not have the heart to leave us alone in this valley of tears. He did not want to be separated from us even in death, and so he decided to leave us Himself as food in the sacrament of the altar. He wanted us to understand by this that, having given us this infinite gift, there was nothing left he could give us to prove His love. – St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Passion of Jesus Christ, p. 25

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