"Material food first changes into the one who eats it, and then, as a consequence,
restores to him lost strength and increases his vitality. Spiritual food, on the other hand, changes the person who eats it into itself. Thus the effect proper to this Sacrament is the conversion of a man into Christ, so that he no longer lives, but Christ lives in Him; consequently, it has the double effect of restoring the spiritual strength
he had lost by his sins and defects, and of increasing the strength of his virtues."
St Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Book IV of the Sentences, d.12, q.2, a.11
"The real test of the Christian vitality
of the village, the parish, the diocese and the nation
is found in the answer to the question:
does the Holy Eucharist
have in your lives?"
St John Paul II
Painting: Stanislav Sidorov