Today, in the Western lung of the Catholic Church, we celebrate the great Solemnity of Corpus Christi – the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We commemorate the great sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, a sacrament that Jesus Christ gave to us on the night before he died during the Last Supper with the Apostles. The Holy Eucharist is the Sacrament of all sacraments!
Drawing from Lumen Gentium 11, the Catechism of the Catholic Church 1324 states,
“The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’ ‘The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are orientated toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.’”
Knowing the importance the Saints have played in the life of the Catholic Church throughout the centuries, it has always been a goal of this blog to provide my readers with the lives and words of the saints. Because of the great love many parish priests I know today have for the Holy Eucharist, I give you the Patron of Parish Priests, Saint John Vianney and 12 words of his to the 21st century on Corpus Christi.
Please share these with your family and friends on your social media sites. As Catholics, we must never be ashamed to be CATHOLIC. Tell the world how much we love Jesus Christ and how much we love, adore, and defend the Holy Eucharist. Sign-up for Eucharistic Adoration if your parish has it and if your parish does not have it, encourage your Pastor to begin Eucharistic Adoration.
1. “Although the good God does not allow us to see Him, He is nonetheless present in the Blessed Sacrament; nonetheless ready to grant us all we ask.” – Sermon for Corpus Christi
2. “Everyone is ready to run after the latest novelty. …But as for Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, He is deserted and forsaken…” – Sermon for Corpus Christi
3. “Could one find a great honor than to be allowed to make reparation to Jesus Christ for the outrages which He receives in the Sacrament of His love? – Sermon for Corpus Christi
4. “When we go to Communion, we experience an extraordinary feeling of comfort which seems to envelop us entirely. What is this but Our Lord communicating Himself to every part of our being, and making us thrill with joy? We are obliged to exclaim like St. John: ‘It is the Lord!’” – Inner Life of the Cure d’ Ars
5. “People talk about Lazarus who had the joy of entertaining the Divine Savior in his home; but Lazarus only had Him by his side, while we, if we will, may have Him in our heart just as often as we wish.” – On Communion
6. “Jesus Christ found a way by which He could ascend into Heaven and yet remain on the earth. He instituted the adorable Sacrament of the Eucharist so that He might stay with us, and be the Food of our soul; that He might console us and be our Companion.” – Sermon on Communion
7. “Ah! if we had the eyes of Angels with which to see Our Lord Jesus Christ present on the Altar and looking at us, how we love Him! – Catechism on the Real Presence
8. “We ought to ask the Blessed Virgin, the Angels, and the Saints to pray for us that we may receive the good God as worthily as it is possible for us to receive Him. – Sermon on Communion
9. “When we receive Holy Communion, we receive our joy and our happiness.” – Catechism on Communion
10. “If you keep your thoughts fixed on Our Lord after Communion, you will feel for a long time that consuming fire which will inspire in your heart the desire for good and a shrinking from evil.” – Catechism on Holy Communion
11. “To receive the Blessed Sacrament worthily, one must have a great desire for union with Jesus Christ.” – Sermon on Communion
12. “One’s everyday life ought to be both a preparation and a thanksgiving for Communion. By one Communion you give glory to God than if you gave away one hundred thousand francs.” – On Communion
For more catechesis on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi and the Holy Eucharist, I would encourage you to read my posts from 2012, 2013, 12 Words from St. John Vianney on the Blessed Sacrament, and “Mondays with Mary” – Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Jesus, in the Most Precious and Holy Sacrament of the Altar…Pray For Us!