In the Holy Communion, Jesus is united to the soul, and the soul to Jesus; and this union is not merely one of affection, it is a true and real union.
On this subject Saint Francis de Sales says:
‘In none of His actions
does Our Saviour appear
more loving or more tender
than in this,
in which He annihilates Himself,
so to speak,
reducing Himself to the form of food,
in order to penetrate our souls,
and unite Himself intimately to the body
and the heart of His faithful ones”.
Saint John Chrysostom adds:
‘In the ardour of His love
Jesus desired to be united to us
in such a manner
that we should become one with Him.’
And Saint Lawrence Justinian,
addressing himself to this God,
Who so loves our souls,
‘How admirable is Your love,
for you have wished to unite us
so closely to Your sacred Flesh,
that Your heart and ours inseparably joined,
should make but one!’
cries Saint Bernardin of Siena in his turn,
‘is the utmost possible point of love –
Jesus gives Himself to us
as our food,
identifying Himself with us
as intimately as the aliments
by which we live!’
how dear to Jesus
is this union which He contracts with us!
We may even be persuaded
that we can do nothing more pleasing
to this good Saviour
than to receive Him with the proper dispositions.
Then the soul is united to Jesus,
and He sees His loving designs realised.
(L S 1905)