"With all the strength of my soul I urge you young people to approach the Communion table as often as you can. Feed on this Bread of Angels where you will draw all the energy you need to fight inner battles.‚ÄĚ PGF
The Eucharist, the ‚ÄúBread of Angels‚ÄĚ was a vital part of Pier Giorgio Frassati‚Äôs life.¬† As a student he went to Mass daily to receive Christ; he knew that his strength came from his relationship with Jesus, and he nurtured that relationship with passion and joy.¬† When we receive the Eucharist, do we do the same?¬† Do we receive it with devotion and love, with passion and joy, as Pier Giorgio did?¬† Or has it just become a routine part of our week?
"Do not open wide the mouth, but the heart," St. Augustine wrote. "We are not nourished by what we see, but by what we believe."¬†¬†¬† Ah! And there we have it - we need faith to receive the full benefits of the Eucharist, for it is only with faith that we can truly touch Jesus Christ.¬† When we are fed by Him, with Him, we become what we partake of, but only if we believe.¬† For it is then that Christ is welcomed not¬†just into our bodies, but into our hearts and souls.¬† And Pier Giorgio is right:¬† we need¬†Christ to help us¬†wage those inner battles which we all face from time to time.¬†
The next time you go to Mass, close your eyes and imagine Jesus, Himself, handing you Holy Communion.¬† For that is who the priest, the Alter Christus, the "Other Christ", becomes for us.¬† There He stands, Rabbouni - our Teacher, Friend, Beloved Master.¬† Hear Him speak your name.¬† Then open wide your heart to receive this Bread of Angels...which is Christ, our Lord.
Bl. Pier Giorgio, pray for us!