"Crackers are made in factories by the millions, sold in boxes and snacked on without much thought." Ebor
Crackers can be produced in small quanities and packaged fresh for sale daily. Eucharistic wafers can and are manufacuted in mass quanities and sold in boxes.
Unfortunately, most wafers used during the Roman Catholic Mass are mass-produced by commercial enterprieses. Very few nuns bake altar breads because they cannot make a living doing so. I used to bake altar breads when I was in a monastery. It is very hard and hot work, slaving over those ovens where the humidity must be high in order to cut the breads so that they will not smash into tiny bits, but businesses can do it much less expensively than nuns. We had the bakers (resembled a waffler maker), the humidifiers, and two types of cutters.
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The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart,
Translated from the Russian by E. Kadloubovksy and G.E.H. Palmer, Faber and Faber, London, Boston, 1992 printing.