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O Blessed Host
By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Dec 18, 2010)
O Blessed Host, in whom are contained all the sentiments of the most sweet Heart of Jesus toward us, and especially poor sinners.
— Diary of St. Faustina, 356
The final goal of the intense Eucharistic union with our Lord to which St. Faustina and the Church repeatedly call us — nurtured by frequent reception of Holy Communion, special times of Eucharistic Adoration, and the frequent practice of "spiritual communion" — is that, more and more, we can actually become what we contemplate and what we eat!
You will all be familiar with the old saying, "You are what you eat." Well, in this case there is a supernatural truth to those words. By spiritually and physically uniting ourselves with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, in the three ways mentioned above, the goal is that we will be completely transformed into His likeness. We will become, as it were, "little Christs," "living Hosts," ready and willing to be distributed by Him to needy people everywhere as living channels of His grace and mercy to the world.
That is our Lord's primary purpose in giving Himself to us in the Eucharist.