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Saturday, May 1, 2010

His Poverty in the Bread is Our Model

Caryll Houselander

We know that in It [the Eucharist] Jesus is wholly present: body, blood, soul and divinity. But all this is hidden; even His human appearance is hidden. Because this is the way of absolute love, He insists on coming to us stripped of everything but Himself. For this self-giving Christ in the Host is poor, poorer than He was when, stripped of everything, He was naked on the Cross. He has given up even the appearance of His body, the sound of His voice, His power of mobility . . . He has made himself as close to nothing as He could be, while still being accessible to us . . . In the Host, He is our [model] of life on earth today.

Caryll Houselander (+1954) was a British mystic, poet and spiritual teacher.
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