I'm starting a new book (actually two!) called "The Mystery of Faith: Meditations on the Eucharist" by Fr. Tadeusz Dajczer.
In the foreword by Stanislaw Carindal Dziwisz, he states, "To become filled we need to be empty, to be fed we need to be hungry. The Mystery of Faith invites us to see if there is actually a hunger for God in us, a hunger for Eucharist. It inspires us to attempt deeper contact with this sacrament in faith and love. AFter all, Christ always unfailingly wishes to pour His love into us. It is so easy to be closed to it. Then we not only do not receive the grace but, what is worse, it may happen that - as St. Paul says - in receiving the body and blood of Christ - we are eating and drinking judgment upon ourselves (cf. 1 Cor 11:29)."
This reminds me of my post about needing to be spiritually dry. I tried reading this book last Lent and couldn't really get started. So I'm looking forward to reading more.
Just reading about the hunger - because of various reasons, I couldn't receive the Eucharist for over a month. Towards the end of that time, every time I went to Mass, I was so envious of those who went up to receive. I so wanted to receive Jesus that I would get upset.
Then, when I was finally able to receive, it was such a blessing. It wasn't like fireworks or anything - it was just like balm applied to my aching soul.
I do think, though, that there is merit in abstaining from the Eucharist, of course especially if you are conscious of mortal sin. Like the quote says - we eat & drink judgment upon ourselves. But even if no mortal sin is present, I think there is still merit to abstain - not all the time certainly, but every once in a while to allow ourselves to hunger all the more for Jesus Christ, true God and true man, present in the Eucharist.