Why does the Church teach that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith? Knowing that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist, how does this change the way I approach this sacrament? If Christ gives all of Himself to me in the Eucharist, how then do I give all of myself back to Him as a act of worship?
Almighty and ever-living God, I approach the sacrament of your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ. I come sick to the doctor of life, unclean to the fountain of mercy, blind to the radiance of eternal light, and poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Lord, in your great generosity, heal my sickness, wash away my defilement, enlighten my blindness, enrich my poverty, and clothe my nakedness. May I receive the bread of angels, the King of kings and Lord of lords, with humble reverence, with the purity and faith, the repentance and love, and the determined purpose that will help to bring me to salvation. May I receive the sacrament of the Lord's body and blood, and its reality and power. Kind God, may I receive the body of your only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, born from the womb of the Virgin Mary, and so be received into his mystical body and numbered among his members. Loving Father, as on my earthly pilgrimage I now receive your beloved Son under the veil of a sacrament, may I one day see him face to face in glory, who lives and reigns with you for ever. Amen.
St. Thomas Aquinas
How can I prepare myself to receive Christ in the Holy Eucharist? Is Christ at the center of my life? Does He fill everything I am, everything I experience, everything I do?
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