The Voice of Christ
Beware of curious and vain examination of this most
profound Sacrament, if you do not wish to be plunged
into the depths of doubt. He who scrutinizes its
majesty too closely will be overwhelmed by its glory.
God can do more than man can understand. A pious and
humble search for truth He will allow, a search that
is ever ready to learn and that seeks to walk in the
reasonable doctrine of the fathers.
Blest is the simplicity that leaves the difficult
way of dispute and goes forward on the level, firm
path of God's commandments. Many have lost devotion
because they wished to search into things beyond
Faith is required of you, and a sincere life, not a
lofty intellect nor a delving into the mysteries of
God. If you neither know nor understand things
beneath you, how can you comprehend what is above
you? Submit yourself to God and humble reason to
faith, and the light of understanding will be given
you so far as it is good and necessary for you. Some
are gravely tempted concerning faith and the
Sacrament but this disturbance is not laid to them
but to the enemy.
Be not disturbed, dispute not in your mind, answer
not the doubts sent by the devil, but believe the
words of God, believe His saints and prophets and the
evil enemy will flee from you. It is often very
profitable for the servant of God to suffer such
things. For Satan does not tempt unbelievers and
sinners whom he already holds securely, but in many
ways he does tempt and trouble the faithful servant.
Go forward, then, with sincere and unflinching faith,
and with humble reverence approach this Sacrament.
Whatever you cannot understand commit to the security
of the all-powerful God, Who does not deceive you.
The man, however, who trusts in himself is deceived.
God walks with sincere men, reveals Himself to humble
men, enlightens the understanding of pure minds, and
hides His grace from the curious and the proud.
Human reason is weak and can be deceived. True
faith, however, cannot be deceived. All reason and
natural science ought to come after faith, not go
before it, nor oppose it. For in this most holy and
supremely excellent Sacrament, faith and love take
precedence and work in a hidden manner.
God, eternal, incomprehensible, and infinitely
powerful, does great and inscrutable things in heaven
and on earth, and there is no searching into His
marvelous works. If all the works of God were such
that human reason could easily grasp them, they would
not be called wonderful or beyond the power of words