|Holy Eucharist in Monstrance|
St. Teresa of Avila reflected on the presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist in her usual simple but profound way:
How would I, a poor sinner, who have so often offended You, dare to approach You, O Lord, if I beheld You in all Your Majesty? Under the appearances of bread, however, it is easy to approach You, for if a king disguises himself, it seems as if we do not have to talk to him with so much circumspection and ceremony.
If You were not hidden, O Lord, who would dare to approach You with such coldness, so unworthily, and with so many imperfections?
Besides, I cannot doubt at all about Your real presence in the Eucharist. You have given me such a lively faith that, when I hear others say they wish they had been living when You were on earth, I laugh to myself, for I know that I possess You as truly in the Blessed Sacrament as people did then, and I wonder what more anyone could possibly want" (T.J. Life, 38-cf. Way, 34).
St. Teresa reminds me that I should get rid of the "gimmies" and make Jesus be enough.