Divided into seven parts, The Bread of Life consists of 30 meditations on the Blessed Sacrament. Henry Augustus Rawes has translated the original Latin into English and provided summaries for each meditation in the table of contents.
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“There are three signs of His love to keep His memory fresh in our hearts: 1, the forgiveness of our sins; 2, the redemption of those in bondage; 3, the ceaselessness of His kindness.” (Page 2)
“When our Lord says, ‘Do this in remembrance of Me,’ we have the first reason, namely, that we may not forget our Saviour. When He says, ‘which is given for you,’ He tells us of the Sacrifice of the Lamb of God, and thus the Sacrifice of the Altar is offered against our robbery. When He says, ‘Take and eat,’ He tells us of the Food that is the medicine against corruption.” (Page 2)
“To show the greatness of this Sacrifice, we mark three reasons for changing the ancient sacrifice: 1, the power of the Author of our Sacrifice; 2, the greatness of our debt; 3, the insufficiency of the sacrifices of the law.” (Page 3)
“There is the food of man: and this is the medicinal Food against the corruptions of the death-bringing apple. Now this corruption, brought by Adam and Eve on the human race, was so deep-seated that it would have been incurable but for that wondrous medicine which only the wisdom of God could make. St. Ambrose says, ‘The Body of Christ is that spiritual medicine which, tasted with reverence, purifies those that are devoted to it.’” (Pages 3–4)
“This Body, the fruit of the tree of life, is powerful to save us from hell and bring us to Heaven. St. Hilary says, ‘When we have eaten the Flesh of the Lord and drunk His Blood, then we are in Him and He in us. Christ dwelling by His Flesh in our bodies is the cause of our life, for He truly is life. We shall live by Him, as He lives by the Father, who is in Him.’” (Page 4)