Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

A Moment’s Meditation: Feast of Corpus Christi

Rejoice that one of your own brethren, St. Thomas Aquinas, has been chosen to be the sweet singer of the Eucharist, and meditate upon the words of the antiphon composed by him: O sacrum convivum, etc. – It says first of the banquet: In quo Christus sumitur – The Eucharist is a banquet wherein Christ our God gives Himself as food.  “No,” says our Doctor, “there is no other nation so great or which has its God so near *** The only Son of God became man, in order that men might become as God.”  In truth, Jesus, in giving Himself as our food is not changed into us; we are changed into Him, because it is the part of the more noble being to raise up and assimilate to itself that which is inferior.  O mystery which enchants us by its beauty even more than it amazes us by its depth!

Prayer: My soul prepare thy dwelling for so great a King, thy heart for so sweet a Guest, thy love for so pure a Spouse.  (Bl. Henry Suso, OP).

Practice:  Accustom yourself while taking material food to think of the Holy Eucharist, especially on seeing bread and wine.

From “Saints and Saintly Dominicans: Daily Reflections on Their Lives”, edited by Rev. Thomas a Kempis Reilly, O.P. (1915).

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