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Weekly Paragraphs for the Holy Sacrament
By Austin Farrer
Dacre Press, Westminster

The body we receive in this sacrament is a body that died, and having died was buried.  The body was done to death and laid in a tomb, to wait for a divine miracle.  Christ lies in his sepulchre the image of Christian hope; nothing lies there but the bare hope of resurrection.  Hope stretches between sacrifice and life renewed.  Vision can often see no further than the sacrifice which Godís commandments impose; it cannot descry the enrichment of life which Godís grace intends.  Hope holds the gap.  ĎMust I rule the appetite of sex within the law of Christ, must I persevere in practices of prayer which are dry and seemingly infertile?  It is death to my spirits.  What life will ever come of it for the Christian people or for me?í  If this is death, I ought to embrace it for Christís sake, and be willing not only to die, but to lie dead in sure and certain hope.  Where the burial of Christ is, there the resurrection of Christ will be.