Communion sustains the life of the soul

Communion sustains the life of the soul in a similar way as bodily nourishment sustains the body. The reception of the Holy Eucharist keeps the Christian in the grace of God, for the soul recovers strength from the continual wear and tear it suffers due to the wounds that remain in it from original sin and one's own personal sins. It maintains the life of God in the soul, freeing it from lukewarmness; and it helps to avoid mortal sin and to fight effectively against venial sins.

The Holy Eucharist also increases the supernatural life, makes it grow and develop. And at the same time that it satiates spiritually, it gives the soul a greater desire for eternal goods: he who comes to me will never hunger, and he who believes in me will never thirst. "Material food first becomes the one who eats it, and consequently restores his losses and increases his vital forces. Spiritual food, on the other hand, converts the one who eats it into himself, and thus the proper effect of this sacrament is the conversion of man into Christ, so that not he but Christ may live in him, and consequently it has the double effect of restoring the spiritual losses caused by sins and deficiencies, and of increasing the forces of the virtues."

Finally, the grace we receive at every Communion delights those who receive Communion well disposed. Nothing can compare to the joy of the Holy Eucharist, to the friendship and closeness of Jesus, present in us. "Jesus Christ, during his mortal life, never passed through any place without pouring out his blessings in abundance, from which we will deduce how great and precious must be the gifts of which those who have the joy of receiving him in Holy Communion partake; or rather, that all our happiness in this world consists in receiving Jesus Christ in Holy Communion."

Communion is "the remedy for our daily needs," "the medicine of immortality, the antidote against death and the food for living forever in Jesus Christ. It grants the soul the peace and joy of Christ, and is truly "a foretaste of eternal beatitude".

Among all the exercises and practices of piety, there is none whose sanctifying efficacy can be compared to the worthy reception of this sacrament. In it we not only receive grace, but also the Spring and the very Fountain from which it flows. All the sacraments are ordered to the Holy Eucharist and have it as their center.

Hidden under the accidents of bread, Jesus wants us to come frequently to receive him: the banquet, he tells us, is ready. Many are absent and Jesus awaits us, at the same time that he sends us to announce to others that he also awaits them in the Tabernacle.

If we ask her, the Blessed Virgin will help us to go to Communion better disposed every day.

Meditación diaria