Sunday, August 5, 2012

First fruits indeed!

"Let us not be of those who come [to the Blessed Sacrament] in a formal, mechanical way, as a mere matter of obligation, without reverence, without awe, without wonder, without love.  Nor let us fall into the sin of those who complained that they have nothing to gather but the manna, wearying of God's gifts...

But let us come in faith and hope, and let us say to ourselves, May this be the beginning in us of everlasting bliss! May these be the first fruits of that banquet which is to last forever and ever; ever new, ever transporting, inexhaustible, in the city of our God!"

Ven John Henry Cardinal Newman, The Gospel Feast

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