I am the way, the truth, and vita. I the life. (John xiv, i6.) Our Lord uttered these words when He was among men, but they extend beyond the Saviour’s human life.
They apply forever, and He can repeat them with as much truth now in the Most Blessed Sacrament. There are some conventional routes in the way of the spiritual life that we may follow for a time and then abandon. Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is the only enduring way. He is the means. He is the model; for it would be of little use to us to follow the way if He did not teach us by His example to follow it. We shall reach heaven only by our participation in the life of Our Lord. The germ of this life is given to us in Baptism, and the Sacraments develop it; but, above all, it consists in the practice and imitation of the Saviour’s virtues. We must behold Our Saviour at work in order to imitate His virtues, to follow Him in all the circumstances of the sacrifices and labors that He demands of us. His virtues are His words reduced to action. His precepts in practice. To reach perfection, we must look at them in detail, for there is nothing perfect that is not particularized. Wishing to lead us to His Father, and not being able to practice in heaven the human virtues, which all suggest the idea of combat and sacrifice, the Eternal Word became Man. He took man’s tools, and He labored under his eyes. And as in heaven, to which He ascended glorious and triumphant. He can no longer practice our virtues of patience, poverty, and humility, He became a Sacrament in order to continue our model. These virtues are no longer free, no longer meritorious; they form His state, He is clothed with them. Formerly He practiced them in action, now He has clothed His very state with them. When on earth, He was humble and humbled; today He reigns glorious, but under a condition, an appearance of humility in the Most Blessed Sacrament. He unites in Himself the state of the virtues in a manner inseparable. In contemplating Him, we see His virtues, and we understand how we ought to produce their acts. Take away its humiliation, and the sacramental state ceases to exist. Take away Its poverty, surround It by a magnificent cortege, and we would be annihilated before Its majesty; love would disappear, for love manifests itself only in descending to the object loved. Patience and forgiveness He still practices in a higher degree than on Calvary. There His executioners knew Him not; here they know Him, and yet insult Him. He prays for so many. Without this cry for pardon, there would no longer be the Sacrament of Love, for justice would surround and protect His insulted throne. The act of virtue, He no longer practices, for He possesses its state. It is for us to produce the act, and thus complete the state. In that way, He makes with us but one moral person. We are His acting members. His body, of which He is the Head, the Heart, so that He may say: "I still live." We complete Him, we perpetuate Him.