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THE CROWN OF THE YEAR

Weekly Paragraphs for the Holy Sacrament

By Austin Farrer

Dacre Press, Westminster

 

LENT ii

WHAT parent could take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs? For the hunger of children is simple and obsessing. When they are hungry there is nothing that they want but food, and until their hunger is relieved, they have no mind for anything else. Their present mind is their hunger; they are their hunger. How happy are parents in the ability to bestow contentment so simply and so fully, as by giving the children the children’s bread. And now in the name of the divine Father I must take bread, say grace for it, and distribute it. But when it comes to distribution, I shall find myself in the children’s part; we shall receive together, as though from those merciful hands. The mercy of heaven rejoices to satisfy the children’s hunger with the children’s bread. Their hunger is for this, and this is what satisfies. What happiness, therefore, to the giver. And the children are happy if they hunger for this bread, if their hunger possesses them, until their hunger is their mind. Blessed are they, says Christ, that hunger and thirst, for they shall be filled. And Christ is best able so to say, being himself the bread.

 

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