Saint Maximilian was deeply touched by the real presence of Jesus, the God-Man, under the eucharistic species. Before the Blessed Sacrament altar, he acted as though he saw the Savior. "God dwells in our midst", he exclaimed, "in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar". "He remains among us until the end of the world. He dwells on so many altars, though so often offended and profaned". But even more, the founder of the MI was fascinated by the fact that Jesus in the sacrament gives Himself to us as food. Once he went so far as to say: "The culmination of the Mass is not the consecration, but Communion". With his heart full of gratitude, he said to Jesus: "You come to me and unite yourself intimately to me under the form of nourishment. Your blood now runs in mine, your soul, Incarnate God, compenetrates mine, giving it courage and support. What miracles! Who would ever have imagined such!". "If angels could be jealous of men," Father Kolbe was in the habit of saying, "they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion."

For the Life of the World: Saint Maximilian and the Eucharist
Fr. Jerzy Domanski, O.F.M. Conv.