In one instance it was possible to confirm the presence, entirely intact at 7 o'clock in the evening, of the small particle of the Host which Resl had received in the morning. Another phenomenon connected with this phase of the stigmatist's life is that as soon as the Sacred Species have dissolved within her, she feels an interior physical pain and her body begins to grow weaker. Her yearning for Holy Communion grows more intense, and she even breaks into loud complaints, saying: "Oh, Saviour, why have You forsaken me? Come, Saviour, come!" St. Teresa of Avila declared that an ardent longing for Holy Communion was a special sign of the mystical life. Therese Neumann expresses this longing often during her ecstasies, and the pain she suffers when the Presence ceases shows its intensity. Sometimes, in the ecstatic state, she can scarcely contain herself when the moment of Communion nears and will in her eagerness stretch out her arms and even tug at the stole or surplice of the priest who is about to place the host on her tongue.

Intimately connected with Resl's abstinence from all natural nourishment and her intense desire to be united with her Eucharistic Redeemer is one of the most extraordinary phenomenon of the Konnersreuth case. This is the ecstatic Communion, minutely described in the lives of earlier mystics, among them St. Catherine of Siena. Its peculiarity is that the host, placed upon the tongue of the ecstatic, disappears immediately.

The Story Of Therese Neumann
Albert Paul Schimberg