Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing
to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament…
There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man’s heart desires.
—J.R.R. Tolkein (author of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy)
in a letter to his son, Michael
“It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do so without the Holy Mass.”
—St. (Padre) Pio