Thursday, April 10, 2014

Touchstone of faith and love

...from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the
sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.  
He called you to this through our gospel, that you might
share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. - II Thes 2: 13-15a 
Kluizen, Belgium ~ Photo credit: Juliette Carter
“Being for every man the touchstone of faith and love, the Eucharist, like on the Cross, divided the minds as soon as it was announced…

The man who partakes in the breaking of the bread dares to build his house on the very core of love.  He becomes, as it were, Godlike, but regardless of the strength he derives from it, his free will remains.  We are always free to disown this immense grace, to abuse it.  The Greatest Love may be betrayed…

The Eucharist engages us unreservedly; it is a pact of love, an alliance signed in the deeper recesses of our being.  All our potentialities are called upon to warrant the protection and fulfillment of this pact.”

Francois Mauriac 
Holy Thursday: An Intimate Remembrance

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