" O sacrament of devotion! O sign of unity!
O bond of charity!" - St Augustine
"There is nothing littler, meeker or more silent
than Christ present in the Host.
This little piece of bread embodies the humility and
perfect silence of God, His tenderness and His love for us.
If we want to grow and to be filled with the love of God,
it is necessary to plant our life firmly on three great realities:
the Cross, the Host, and the Virgin:
crux, hostia, et virgo. ...
These are three mysteries that God gave to the world in order
to structure, fructify, and sanctify our interior life
and lead us to Jesus.
These three mysteries are to be contemplated in silence."
Robert Cardinal Sarah
in The Power of Silence
Against the Dictatorship of Noise (57)
Painting: The Virgin with the Host ~ Jean Auguste-Dominique Ingres, 1860, France