So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Frequent Communion. Frequent Confession.

When the Church promotes frequent reception of Holy Communion, she is also promoting a return to frequent participation in the Sacrament of Penance (Confession, Reconciliation). We should only receive the Holy Eucharist if we have first repented and prepared in our lives a place for Jesus.
Pope St. Pius X—On Frequent and Daily Reception of Holy Communion
  1. Frequent and daily Communion, as a practice most earnestly desired by Christ our Lord and by the Catholic Church, should be open to all the faithful, of whatever rank and condition of life; so that no one who is in the state of grace, and who approaches the Holy Table with a right and devout intention (recta piaque mente) can be prohibited therefrom.
  2. A right intention consists in this: that he who approaches the Holy Table should do so, not out of routine, or vain glory, or human respect, but that he wish to please God, to be more closely united with Him by charity, and to have recourse to this divine remedy for his weakness and defects.
  3. Although it is especially fitting that those who receive Communion frequently or daily should be free from venial sins, at least from such as are fully deliberate, and from any affection thereto, nevertheless, it is sufficient that they be free from mortal sin, with the purpose of never sinning in the future; and if they have this sincere purpose, it is impossible by that daily communicants should gradually free themselves even from venial sins, and from all affection thereto.
As Saint Paul reminds us:
1 Corinthians 11:27-32. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we should not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are chastened so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
If we do not confess our sins, we will lose the necessary perspective, attitude and orientation of mind and soul. That is, we lose the ability to discern the Body and Blood of Christ. If we then receive the Holy Eucharist without being in a state of grace, we drink judgement upon ourselves. We then become spiritually ill because we have committed a sacrilege. We then die because the Faith has died in us.

So then, when the Church promotes frequent reception of Holy Communion, we should understand that She means frequent worthy reception of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only said the word and my soul shall be healed. We pray that prayer at every Mass. The Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world wants to take away our sins. Why not, then, be free of doubt, free of fear and free of condemnation by going to confession to be released from the burden of sin so that you may enjoy fully the Banquet of the Lord?

Jesus awaits us all in the magnificent Sacrament of Penance.

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