Via Ches via Elliot Bougis: as Chestertonian a paragraph ever to have come out of Mgr Knox.
“[O]ur minds are so chained to the things of sense, that we imagine our Lord as instituting the Blessed Sacrament with bread and wine as the remote matter of it because bread and wine reminded him of that grace which he intended the Blessed Sacrament to bestow. But, if you come to think of it, it was just the other way about. When he created the worlds, he gave common bread and wine for our use in order that we might understand what the Blessed Sacrament was when it came to be instituted. He did not design the Sacred Host to be something like bread. He designed bread to be something like the Sacred Host.”
– Ronald Knox, The Window in the Wall (London, 1956), p. 80
This makes me really wish that I was simple and clever.