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The principal and proper end of the Eucharist is to receive into our souls the spirit of Christ by means of which we are transformed into Him and we live as He lived, with the same charity, humility, patience, obedience, poverty of spirit, mortification of body and disdain of the world that He manifested.
This is what it means to eat and drink Christ, to be transformed into Him, and to become one thing with Him, as was done by St. Paul, who said: ‘I live now, not I, but Christ liveth in me.’ Therefore this should be our principal intention, as well as to renew in this Sacrament the memory of His passion and to thank Him for the inestimable benefit of our redemption.”
(From Summa of the Christian Life by Ven. Louis of Granada, O.P.)