BEHIND the cloud of the Sacred Species, as in a
Heaven that is closer to us, I adore Thee, O Jesus, and recognize Thee
as the One I will see face to face one day, the One Whose sight
constitutes the happiness of the elect, the Son of God in Whom the
Father is well pleased, the Son of Mary.
Thy glorious Heaven is too resplendent for us; we could not bear its
brilliance. The love of Thy Heart for poor exiles inspired Thee to
institute the Eucharist, which makes Thee present here on earth with a
presence so well suited to our weakness. Thou art here to give us a pledge and a foretaste of what we shall possess
The pledge---that is to say,
Thy promise. For Thou Thyself said, O Jesus, He who eats My flesh ... has life
everlasting. I am the Bread of Heaven: whoever believes in Me shall not
 In this way Thou hast committed Thyself ... After giving this first
gift of Thine Eucharistic presence, how could Thou not giveth Thyself
to us later in Heaven?
The foretaste of Heaven. What
is Heaven? It is the perfect possession of every good. Now, the
Eucharist is "the Bread of God, the
Bread of Angels, the Bread of Heaven."
It is the possession of Jesus, His permanent presence, the sacramental
manducation of Jesus. The mode differs, true: Jesus veils Himself for
us, and we, for our part, are powerless to possess Him perfectly, and
inconstant in remaining in His presence. Faith alone enjoys Him, while
the senses remain excluded from contact with Him. The Essence is
nonetheless the same, and in the Host as in Heaven, Jesus truly gives
The foretaste is more than the pledge: it is an early participation in
the promised and awaited good. It is already the beginning of the
enjoyment of everything contained in the full possession. The
Eucharist is thus called the Bread containing all delights. How can we
not taste the Divine beatitude of the Bread of God, the seraphic joys
of the Bread of Angels, and finally, something of Heaven itself in the
Bread of Heaven?
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, I adore Thee instituting the Sacrament
transforms our earth into the vestibule of Paradise. In Thy Sacrament,
Thou hast made Thyself the guide and the way that leads me to Heaven.
Grant that through Thy merits and Thy mercy I may attain it someday.
Turn my eyes away from all the vanities of the earth, and ordain that,
no longer living for anything but Thee, I renounce every desire other
than that of serving Thee for the rest of my life.
O Jesus Host, Thou doth fill our souls with grace, and are for us the
pledge of the blessed eternity to come.
Cf. Fr. J. Honor
Brousseau, s.s.s., Le Sacré-Coeur medité au Pied du
Très Saint Sacrement, Apostolat de la
Presse: Sherbrooke, Quebec, 1953
1. Cf. St. John 6:52.
TO THE HOLY EUCHARIST