Terminally ill hospice resident Evelyn Breuning, 91, prepares to receive communion in her bed
at the Hospice of Saint John on August 20, 2009 in Lakewood, Colorado.
"The Eucharist sustains and transforms the whole
of daily life. As I reminded in my first encyclical,
'Eucharistic communion includes the reality
both of being loved and of loving others in turn,'
for which reason 'a Eucharist which does not pass
over into the concrete practice of love is
intrinsically fragmented' ("Deus Caritas Est," 14)."
Pope Benedict XVI
Homily - 9/11/11