our advantage, to force us to study His soul,
His intentions, and His virtues in Himself.
If we saw Him, we would be satisfied to admire
His appearance, we would have for Him
only a sentimental love; our Lord wants us
to love Him with a love of sacrifice.
It is hard for our Lord thus to veil Himself.
He would prefer to show His divine countenance,
which drew so many hearts to Him in His mortal life;
but He veils it for our good. Our mind is thus forced
to study the Eucharist; our faith is spurred on;
we acquire a deeper understanding of our Lord."
St. Peter Julian Eymard