The Church has said Jesus Christ is truly present in the Sacred Host.

Jesus Himself manifests His presence in two ways, interiorly and exteriorly. The interior manifestation takes place in the soul of the communicant. Jesus works in the soul that receives Him a triple miracle.

First, the miracle of reformation. Jesus gives to the communicant assured empire over his passions. He is, in truth, the same Jesus who said, "Have confidence, I have overcome the world"; who said to the tempest, "Be still"; and who still says to the proud, to the avaricious, to the man tormented by revolts of passion, to the slave of his evil inclinations: "Loose him and let him go!" And the communicant feels himself stronger. On leaving the Holy Table, we can say with St. Paul, "We overcome because of Him that hath loved us." It is a sudden change, a fire instantaneously kindled. But if Jesus Christ were not in the Sacred Host, such prodigies would not come about. Nature is more difficult to reform 'than to form. It costs a man more to correct himself, to vanquish himself, than to achieve any exterior feat, however heroic. Habit is second nature. The Eucharist alone, at least according to the ordinary course of things and the facts of experience, confers the power to reform the bad habits that domineer over us.

Secondly, the miracle of transformation. There is only one means of changing a natural life into a supernatural one. That is the triumph of the Eucharist, in which Jesus Christ Himself superintends the education of man. The Eucharist develops faith in us. It elevates, ennobles, and purifies love in us. It teaches us how to love. Love is the gift of self. Now, in the Eucharist, Jesus gives Himself wholly, joining example to counsel. The Eucharist transforms even our exterior, by communicating to the body a certain grace, a beauty, the reflection of the interior beauty. There is on the countenance of the communi- cant a ray of the Divinity, in his words a charm, in all his actions a gentleness that tell of the presence of Jesus Christ. It is the perfume of Jesus.

Thirdly, the miracle of power, which makes one forget himself, immolate himself. It is man facing misfortune, and drawing from the Eucharist strength superior to misfortune. It is the Christian finding in the midst of adversity, calumny, and agony, calm and peace in the Eucharist. It is the faithful soldier of Jesus, surmounting temptation, rising above the assaults of men and hell by means of Holy Communion. In vain shall we seek outside of the Eucharist for this superhuman strength. But if the Eucharist gives it, it is because Jesus, the Saviour, the strong God, is truly therein. Such is the exterior manifestation that Jesus Christ makes of His presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

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