Holy Communion preserves the supernatural life of the soul by giving the communicant supernatural strength to resist temptation, and by weakening the power of concupiscence. It reinforces the ability of our free will to withstand the assaults of the devil.' In a formal definition, the Church calls Holy Communion 'an antidote by which we are preserved from grievous sins' (Council of Trent, October 11, 1551).'
That is exactly what it felt like to me today -- an antidote. I felt poisoned inside, and hurt beyond healing. And then, in an instant, it was gone. I don't have the power to do that on my own. How beautiful and inexpressibly generous of our God to find a way to heal us and cure us, right where we are. Yes, no matter who attacks us or how low we fall of our own accord, He is there to love us back into wholeness.
I love St. Therese of Lisieux's words on the Eucharist: 'The Guest of our soul knows our misery; He comes to find an empty tent within us - that is all He asks.'