This Sacrament, above all others, inflames our souls with divine love. God is love. And he is a fire which consumes all earthly affections in our hearts. He is a consuming fire. And for this very purpose, namely, to enkindle this fire, the Son of God came upon earth. I am come to send fire on the earth; and he added, that he desired nothing but to see this fire enkindled in our souls: And what will I but that it be kindled? And oh, what flames of love does not Jesus Christ light up in the heart of every one who receives him devoutly in this sacrament!
St. Catherine of Sienna once saw the Host in a priest’s hand appearing as a globe of fire; and the saint was astonished that the hearts of all men were not burned up, and, as it were, reduced to ashes by such a flame.
Such brilliant rays issued from the face of St. Rose of Lima after Communion, as to dazzle the eyes of those who saw her; and the heat from her mouth was so intense, that a hand held near it was scorched.
It is related of St. Wenceslaus, that by merely visiting the churches where the Blessed Sacrament was kept, he was inflamed by such an ardor, that his servant who accompanied him did not feel the cold, if when walking on the snow he trod in the footsteps of the saint.
St. Wenceslaus (907–935) was the son of the Duke of Bohemia and the baptized daughter of a pagan tribal chief. His grandfather was converted to Christianity by Sts. Cyril and Methodius. After the death of his father,Wenceslaus was raised as a Christian by his grandmother, St. Ludmila. His mother reigned as regent and reverted to her pagan ways. St. Wenceslaus took the reigns of the government at the age of 18 and exiled his mother who had opposed Christianity.Wenceslaus was described as pious, humble, and intelligent ruler. He was particularly known for his vow of virginity, his many virtues, and a life of prayer and good works. After a dispute, his younger brother and mother plotted his murder along with a group of disaffected nobles. Wenceslaus’ brother invited him to celebrate the feast day of Sts. Cosmas and Damian and had him killed on his way to church, his body hacked to pieces and buried at the murder site. Before dying St. Wenceslaus muttered words of forgiveness, and his brother succeeded him as Duke of Bohemia. Three years later his brother repented and had Wenceslaus’ remains transferred to the Church of St. Vitus in Prague. Wenceslaus was considered a saint by the people at the time of his death. His feast day is September 28th.