How to receive the Holy Eucharist Worthily
many souls are scourging our lord by receiving him unworthily
What unfathomable love God sends us through The Holy Eucharist! The blessings from receiving Our Lord worthily in Holy Communion are fantastic. They are meant to move us into having a life of joy, then into a saving faith and even into becoming a perfect saint.
We all want to receive the incredible grace God has waiting for us through His Blessed Sacrament. But there are in fact many who are receiving Him unworthily.
There are specific rules established by the Church to help us receive Christ worthily, so the blessing God has for us can be received. We will read about these specific rules later in this article. But did you know, we can’t receive Holy Communion worthily if we want to stay in our sins?
For Holy Communion to be received into a heart that wants to sin—that wants to offend God–is a sacrilege. Can you imagine Christ being received into such a tabernacle? The horror!
Oh, but there are many people who receive Christ’s Most Precious Body and Blood, who are actually complacent with sinning and have no sincere desire to stop offending Our Lord? This is tragic!
Don’t they know, that the consequences of receiving Him unworthily are TERRIFYING and lead to eternal doom…a horrific place in Hell. Don’t they know or care that they are harming Our Lord?
“Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord [receives Holy Communion] unworthily will have to answer for [the damage they do to] the body and blood of the Lord…
That is why MANY among you are ill [suffering from the consequences of your sins] and infirm [suffering without peace and blind from being imprisoned by your sins], and a considerable number are dying [going to Hell].” (1 Corinthians 11:27-30).
Oh, we want to enlighten and stop these poor souls from walking blindly to their doom. We must help to save them, so they don’t continue to scourge God, stay ill and die like has occurred with so “many.”
Yes, the unworthily reception of Holy Communion hastens us towards death, not Life. Tragically, this is very common in our Church today, but yet most are blind to its horror.
Years ago, this wasn’t much of an issue. Actually, the opposite was quite the problem with people not feeling worthy to receive when we were…but this is no longer the problem today.
Today, scores of people go up to receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament unworthily and are causing untold damage to God’s Sacred Heart and themselves. It is a tragedy of untold proportions!
“Our Lord complained especially of the injuries He received in Holy Communion…He presented Himself to me as the Ecce Homo, all torn and disfigured.”
–St. Margret Mary
Most Misunderstood Requirement
Out of the eight requirements to receive Holy Communion worthily, which are listed below, the greatest misunderstood requirement– the most common reason why most receive Holy Communion unworthily– is because most don’t know that we MUST be working towards becoming a true self-sacrificing perfect saint. We must want to leave all of our sins and be working hard to do just that, or what kind of faith/love for God do we have? It isn’t a faith that can worthily receive Holy Communion.
Many people want to know, “what sins stop me from receiving Holy Communion,” and there are many, but the most common sin that most suffer from is being lukewarm: not sincerely striving to leave our sins and become a real saint. We must be a person who heartedly wants to stop offending God and live the faith.
“So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16).
Yes, being lukewarm is a mortal sin. We can’t have a heart that wants to offend God and receive worthily. It is an abomination of love to receive Christ and be complacent with a single offence against Him.
Oh, most receive with hearts of great pride, who not only aren’t firmly resolved to sin no more, but even though we can’t read our souls, most receive Our Lord presuming we are saved…instead of humbly seeking Mercy to save us.
“What I say of the universal body and the mystical body of the Holy Church (that is to say the Christian religion) I also say of My ministers…[see] with what ignorance and darkness, and ingratitude, are administered, and with what filthy hands are handled this glorious milk and blood of My spouse, and with what presumption [of salvation] and irreverence [not even wanting to amend their ways] they are received. Wherefore, that which really gives life, often gives, through the defects of those who receive it, death.”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Sienna
Tragically, from the devils great deception most–even the faithful–are so far from a saving faith and are receiving Our Lord unworthily hastening ourselves towards death, not Life. Yet, if we want to receive worthily, we must change. To learn more please read the home page article, “Why very few Christians are Saved” as St. Augustine teaches.
Yes, we are “called to be saints” (1 Corinthians 1:2), not to stay as complacent sinners…not even with our venial sins. “[A] venial [sin]…becomes mortal,” when someone “fix[es] one’s end in that venial sin [isn’t truly resolved to amend].” as St. Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, in His Summa Theological teaches.
So, if we want to know, “what sins keep me from receiving Holy Communion”, then we must know it is a proud heart that presumes we are saved that doesn’t hate our sins enough/love God enough to where “[we have a real] resolution not to sin again” (CCC #1451).
But tragically, so few understand this reality, and receive Our Lord’s Body and Blood still wanting to offend Him, yet still thinking we are saved. Horrible!
With that said, what resolution did you have today to amend even a single one of your sins? Was there anything?
Are you a perfect saint? Then why aren’t you actively working hard to become one? That is obedience to God…this is how we love Him. Living a lukewarm life will kill us. We must change.
Honestly, even though you may pray many prayers and do many works, are you really one of the people who scourge Our Lord while receiving Him in the Blessed Sacrament, since you presume you are saved by your prayers and works…when sadly your faith is far from true? To learn more please read, “What are the Requirements of Salvation?”
What sins have you been committing your whole life long that you have put a half-hearted or no effort at all into amending? I tell you, all the prayers and works in the world do nothing, if our hearts are complacent with any of our offences against God. That makes us a lover of sin, not a lover of God. Please don’t be deceived.
If the devil has tricked us, and we have such little sorrow for sinning—such little love for God–that we aren’t even striving to live the real faith…that of working to “SIN NO MORE” (John 8:11) and striving to “not love the world or the things of the world [to leave all the things we run to for happiness that aren’t God (our idols)]” (1 John 2:15)—if we aren’t making resolutions nor seeking Mercy to help us amend our ways, to become saints, as God commands and the Catechism teaches, that makes us bad Christians and unworthy to receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
“Bad Christians receive Thee unworthily, some without contrition [without real sorrow], others without desire of amendment [don’t sincerely want to stop sinning], others, perhaps, with crime [mortal sin] in their hearts.”
–St. John Vianney
Oh, how many of us receive Our Lord in Holy Communion unworthily, since we are not even striving to stop our sins. If we were sincerely resolved to sin no more, we would be receiving God’s grace and becoming like Christ (saints)…but we are far from being transformed into saints.
That is the whole purpose of the Eucharist…to help transform us into Christ (to lose sin and gain virtue)…become a saint. But for most it isn’t. No wonder St. Augustine says “Very Few Christians are Saved” as discussed in the home page article on this web-site.
Sadly, from day to day we continue in our sins like there is nothing wrong with them. Truly, how many of us think we are good enough or even “holy” from all of the “good” we do, when we are actually pridefully partaking in Holy Communion–not even trying to truly loving God. This is just devastating! God forgive us! To learn more please read, “How Does Our Pride Kill Us?”
Oh, how many don’t even understand the value of examining our conscience prior to partaking in the Mass, and mistakenly either speed through the Penitential Act or remove it all together. Tragically, we aren’t learning how to hate our sins and love God. Most are focused on taking mercy while remaining in our sins.
“To respond to this invitation [the Mass] we must prepare ourselves for so great and so holy a moment. St. Paul urges us to examine our conscience: ‘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.’ Anyone conscious of a grave sin [like not even trying to stop offending God] must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to communion.” (CCC# 1385)
Requirements to Receive Holy Communion Worthily
To not wound Our Lord and assist us with receiving grace from Holy Communion, so to love God and help move us towards Life and not condemnation, the Catholic Church has established certain rules for us to follow when receiving Communion.
Requirements to receive Holy Communion worthily:
- Be a baptized Catholic who has received their first Holy Communion (exceptions can be made in case of possible death of baptized child) Can. Law 912, CCC#1355
- Believe in the doctrine, the official teaching, of the Church as true, especially that of Christ’s true Body and Blood being present in the Holy Eucharist or we are considered to be an unbeliever Can. Law 913, CCC #1376
- Have made first confession (exception in case of possible death can be made if person can make a sincere act of perfect contrition) Can. Law 916,
- Confessed one’s sins, at the very least, yearly, CCC#1389
- Abstain for at least one hour before Holy Communion from any food and drink (water OK), out of respect to God and to practice self-denial so to become open with desire to receive grace (unless fasting is hazardous to ones health or not possible under the circumstances) and to grow in the discipline we need to grow in faith. Of course, without saying, we should fast from any vices we partake in like smoking, recreational drugs legal or illegal…to be in a state of self-denial. Can. Law 919, CCC#1387
- Confessed and stopped all mortal sin. (as explained below) CCC #1385,
- Desire true sorrow for all sin; we must humbly desire for God to bring us into communion (union through a state of grace) with Him by praying with a truly sincere humble contrite heart, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul [with its lack of contrition/lack of love] will be healed.”
Then with contrition humbly beg God to give us a love for Him and sorrow for our sins so great for offending Him, we would “rather suffer death than sin” even with the smallest offence against Our Beloved Lord (seek true sorrow/true love) and to grow into an even perfect hatred for our sin/perfect love of God.
We must never proudly presume we are in a state of grace/with true sorrow, but wholeheartedly want to receive Christ in the state of grace, since we can’t read our souls. But humbly long to be in such grace, at least, at the moment we are to receive. We need to lose our pride and gain humility desire to unite with God. But even if we aren’t moved into complete union with God, the desire to unite with God will send us grace to help us gain true sorrow/true love, so such union can happen one day. CCC#1386
- Be sincerely resolved to stop sinning; nobody can be complacent with any sin (mortal or venial). We can’t receive Communion without having real sorrow for our sins. We must detest our offences against God enough to have a honest resolution (working plan – removing sin after sin, and ridding attachment after attachment) to “sin no more” (John 8:11); wholeheartedly seek to become a real self-sacrificing perfect saint: someone who doesn’t want to offend God in the slightest way and is willing to change their life and follow Him, by Way of the Cross, to see that it happens, or we are in mortal sin (rejecting God’s forgiveness from having a liking for sin). CCC#1451.
“I [Jesus] will nourish them with this Divine Food.” “Will you not communicate [unite] yourself, my God, to all the community [of nuns]?” she [St. Gertrude] inquired. “No,” He replied: “only to those who have the [true] desire of communicating [only those who can unite through true sorrow/true love for me], or [have] the will to desire it [those who want true sorrow/true love]; but for the rest who belong to the community [who are even unworthy], they shall have the advantage of feeling themselves excited to partake of this celestial food, even as persons who have no thought of eating [no thought of truly loving God] are attracted by the odour of some viand, and begin to desire to partake of it [this is done so one day I may save them if they will allow Me to convert their hearts, but they will receive no nourishment].”
–Jesus to St. Gertrude the Great
“We call this food Eucharist, and no one may take part in it unless he believes that what we [the Catholic Church] teach is true, has received baptism for the forgiveness of sins and new birth [is growing in faith towards perfection], and lives in keeping with what Christ taught [obeys and repents and changes when he fails].”
–St. Justin Marytr
These rules from the Catechism and Canon Law that the Catholic Church established are to see that we partake in the Sacrament of Love (Communion) worthily, so that we are able to accept the helping and forgiving grace God wants to bless us with to assist us in our journey towards Life, so “that you may attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:9).
Truly, we must know, if we receive unworthily, there is no Life in us…just death.
“A man eat unworthily, he shall be guilty of outrage offered to the body and the blood of Christ.”
–St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church
Our Lord Wants Us to LOVE HIM
In order to receive Our Lord worthily in Communion, and not cause harm to God and ourselves, we must receive Christ with a heart that really loves Him…that loves Him enough to work hard to leave our life of sin. To learn more please read, “How to Perfectly Love God.”
However, since we live in the time of great darkness, even most of the faithful don’t know this. Most have been so horribly deceived as to what are the true requirements to receive Communion and actually think is is accpetable to receive God wanting to offend Him.
Now, from not really understanding this truth, most are walking blindly towards our deaths as we beat Our Lord along the way…thinking all along we are loving Him. It is tragic!
To have real love for God, our love must go well beyond our words…we must have a love that is proven by our actions.
Sure prayers and doing good works are great, but that isn’t the proof we need to show if we have real love for God.
If we aren’t working to stop offending God–I mean really working to never offend God again and perfectly live for His will, so to become a real saint: making resolutions, seeking Mercy for strength to leaving our habitual sins and attachments (idols), and succeeding in our efforts (since we can’t be half-hearted in our desire to amend), even our prayers and works aren’t done from a heart that really loves God. Please don’t be deceived. To learn more please read, “How to Perfectly Love God.”
“Oh, how many live blind lives “from day to day, from year to year, until we approach death, when we expect to find that we have done something to our credit [especially after all our prayers and works], only to discover nothing but sacrileges [was truly done], which we have committed by our confessions and communions.”
–St. John Vianney
We can’t really love God, if we think we are good enough because of all of our prayers and works. We can’t really love God, if we are complacent with offending Him with the slightest sin.
I know most of us want to love God, but if we just looked into what we are really doing, we would clearly see we aren’t. God has called us and we have only heard part of His calling and are dying.
Sadly, we have been deceived into justifying our sins as no big deal. And with this lack of hatred for sin, we confess our sins but remain in them–neglecting to work hard to stop offending God–from lacking true contrition for our offences. To learn more please read, “How Bad Confession Can Damn Us.”
Many of us want to be holy. We pray, do good works and seek knowledge about the faith but sadly, we have such a little horror for sinning against God, we will never obtain the relationship with God we seek. This is the horrible truth. We are mostly complacent with offending the One we claim we love. Tragic!
Yes, most have been deceived, by our prayers, works and knowledge (pride), into thinking we are worthy of receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion. But we are far from it.
“To respond to this invitation [of Holy Communion] we must prepare ourselves for so great and so holy a moment…
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.”
Anyone conscious of a grave sin [ex. knows we aren’t really working to stop sinning] must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to communion.” (CCC #1385)
Knowing this, honestly, how many of us are really striving–truly resolved–to leave ALL of our habitual sins and ALL the world’s pleasures, that we seek for happiness, that pull our hearts and minds off of God (our idols), like the saints have done, so to never offend God in the slightest way, so we can desire Him alone and one day perfectly love Him? Is anyone doing this today? Have we lost our faith?
Are we really becoming saints as God commands? Are we really resolved to stop offending God, amending our lives…growing daily? Where is the proof?
“The Most Holy Eucharist is properly a Sacrament of the living it requires that those who receive it be spiritually living [growing in faith], for it was instituted for the sake of sustaining and increasing life.”
–St. Charles Borromeo
Truly, the Eucharist is supposed to be the food that makes us into saints…not keep us an unrepentant/unatoned for sinners. Do we really understand what we are receiving?
Tragically, most have lost our faith, but have been deceived into thinking we are even greatly faithful and receiving blessings from receiving Holy Communion when we are really crushing God’s Heart and damning our souls. Please, see the homepage article on this website to learn why St. Augustine warns us that “Very Few Christians as Saved.”
“Very Few Christians are Saved.” –St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church
Reality is, we mostly receive Communion out of some habit–some desire in our hearts that God has given us–but this desire is supposed to move our hearts to seek grace so we can one day perfectly love God (perfectly stop offending Him), not so we wan take mercy and remain in our offences against him. What kind of love do we really have? Oh, it is a selfish love.
“My daughter, write that it pains Me very much when religious souls receive the Sacrament of Love [Communion] merely out of habit…I find neither [living] faith nor [real] love in their hearts. I go to such souls with great reluctance [in My attempts to guide them to Life]. It would be better if they did not receive Me [they are receiving no blessing–no grace–just condemnation from Communion].”
–Jesus to St. Faustina, Diary #1288
What Sins Prevent Us from Taking Communion?
Many of us want to know, what specific mortal sins keep us from receiving Holy Communion.
The main mortal sins that must be confessed and stopped before partaking in Holy Communion are:
- Being lukewarm–not truly living the faith…not striving to stop offending God…not working hard to become a saint. “Lukewarm souls who have just enough warmth to keep them alive: My heart cannot bear this. All the graces that I pour out upon them flow off them as off the face of a rock…The great sins of the world are superficial wounds on My Heart, but the sins of a chosen [Christian] soul pierce My heart through and through.” (Jesus to St. Faustina)
- Neglecting any of The Word–ignoring or not seeking Mercy for help to obey any of God’s Word. “Neglect of God’s law [any law] brings inescapable punishment for the soul and that unquenchable fire.” (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)
- Not having a heart that seeks True Sorrow for our sins–having a lack of want for contrition (not seeking a heart that would rather suffer death than to offend God whom we seek to love).
- Sexual Immorality–not exercising self-discipline and purity but choosing to gratify our sexual desires immorally. Sexual relations outside of marriage, masturbation, pornography, etc. “The sin of the fornicator [having sexual relations outside of marriage] receiving Christ’s body is likened to Judas kissing Christ, as to the resemblance of the sin [pretending to love God but loving mortal sin instead], because each outrages Christ with the sign of friendship.” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church)
- Hatred–great lack of forgiveness (lack of love) towards someone
Of course there is much more. Please read, “What Are the Mortal Sins.” to learn more clearly what the mortal sins are and what makes a sin mortal.
It is important we come to know what the mortal sins are not only so we can avoid them but so they can help us develop a fear of sinning, “fear of the Lord”, since the greater fear of the Lord we can obtain, the greater desire we will have to change.
“Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge [of the Way to Eternal Life]” (Proverbs 1:7).
Mortal Sin With Communion
What happens if we partake in Holy Communion in mortal sin? If we receive Communion in mortal sin, we have committed sacrilege, and are now guilty of a great crime and have acquired its equal punishment. It is an abomination of love deserving of great punishment to do such a thing. EACH mortal sin not only horribly wounds Our Lord, it harms others and ourselves as well.
We will not only suffer God’s wrath at judgement (if we don’t truly repented), we suffer from bounds of other consequences while we live on earth too.
What Happens When We Receiving Holy Communion with Unconfessed Mortal Sin:
- Crushes God’s Sacred Heart of Love
- Increases God’s suffering at His crucifixion
- Increases God’s wrath at judgement upon us
- Punishments on earth grow,
- Lose our ability to see, so we can ‘t see our sins
- Lose our desire to stop sinning
- Pushes away of God’s graces/friendship/help
- Confusion/loss of our understanding of The Way to Heaven
- Makes us weak, not able to change
- Losing of virtues (happiness, peace, patience, etc.)
- Increase in vice (worries, complaints, anxieties, etc.)
- Inability to grow in our faith towards a saving faith
- Losing our ability to know good from bad
- Blindness to our lack of faith and other sins
- Increase in other sins
- Decreasing our ability to truly love others
- Guiding of others to their doom
- Death–Hell–if left not truly repented
“Do you know the condition of the soul who receives unworthily? …[there] remains only greater confusion, for her light [to The Way] is extinguished and her sin increased by her darkness.”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Sienna
With each time we receive unworthily, we increase some or all of the above consequences within us.
Just as each sin varies in its severity, each failure to fulfill the requirements to receive Holy Communion worthily varies in severity too.
The more severe the sin, the greater the consequences will be. But each neglect to obey the Church’s rules are serious and need to be confessed to a priest with real sorrow (truly resolving to never commit it again) and STOPPED before we can partake in Communion again.
The least grievous sin is not keeping our fast and still partaking in Holy Communion. Breaking the fast isn’t a mortal sin; the partaking in Communion while breaking the fast that is.
The most grievous of those sins is when we partake in the Eucharist while not believing in God’s actual Body and Blood being placed into the bread and wine (transubstantiation), which is defiling Christ in The Holy Eucharist making someone deserving the most sever punishment. From there, the punishments descend, depending upon the severity of the mortal sin.
But like I said, there is one sin, which is so grave and so frequent, that most–even the faithful–are committing it, making the faithful and the non-faithful alike unworthy of receiving Holy Communion and hastening ourselves towards Eternal Doom with each Communion we receive.
And again, this mortal sin is having a lack of TRUE “resolution not to sin again” (CCC #1451).
Yes, #8 in the requirements above–not truly working to stop ALL of our sins–not wholeheartedly changing our lives to become a real saint–is the most common of the mortal sins and it’s killing countless Christians, since people aren’t REALLY striving with all of our hearts to not offend God.
Sure #7, not sincerely desiring True Sorrow, is also killing souls, but it is our lack of true resolve to stop sinning, that proves our lack of contrition or lack of desire for contrition.
if we without reservation habitually commit countless venial offences against Him, putting little if any effort into amending our lives so to truly love God/stop offending Him, we simply can’t receive.
“The Bread with which we have been nourished is the Bread of the children of God, and should not have been given “to the dogs who return to their vomit,” to use the words of the Scripture, that is to say, to those who so easily fall back again into sin.”
–St. Francis Borgia
We must Hate sin–ALL sin. “I detest the smallest sin” Jesus told St. Faustina. We absolutely must hate sin enough to strive with all our hearts to not commit any of them again, from the least to the greatest, which means we must be working to become a saint–a real saint.
“I learned in the depths of my soul how horrible sin was, even the smallest sin, and how much it tormented the soul of Jesus. I would rather suffer a thousand hells than commit even the smallest venial sin. “
We need to obtain a heart that sincerely hates all sin like St. Faustina. But sadly, we don’t understand the horrors of sin nor what the requirements of salvation really are, nor are we avoiding sin…not all sin.
We have proven, we clearly have a liking for much of it. To learn more please read, “What are the Requirements of Salvation” most have been deceived into not even understanding the most basic requirements for Life.
How can we really hate any sin if we care so little about committing it that we don’t even make a resolution to avoid the sin, remove what causes us to sin or seek God’s mercy to keep from committing it again. We can’t.
“The one who does not abstain from vain, idle or sinful discourse (conversation), and who approaches the Holy Communion without repentance, is like a person who gathers a heap of stones at the threshold of his door to throw at his guest when he comes to visit him, or beats him cruelly on the head with a rod.”
–St. Gertrude the Great
Yes, when we receive unworthily WE BEAT JESUS.
Most of us refuse to even admit that idle conversation is a sin…we love sitting around talking about others, politics, the news, the weather…all sorts of things that have nothing to do with the love of God and the salvation of souls.
Oh, how lost are we? We could be spending time talking with God, but er we love the world and seek conversation with the creatures of the world instead.
“He who remains in death, who is in mortal sin, should stay far from this table. Let him first hasten to life, to penance…Let him confess his sins to the priest with sorrow and with the resolution to avoid them in future…But a Christian is not going to be content with…merely avoiding the stain of deadly crimes, is he? No at all…He will also try to wipe out venial sins [since the lack of hatred for venial sin is deadly too].”
–St. Charles Borromeo
Time of Great Darkness
Today, we live in the time of great darkness; most don’t know The Way…therefore, follow the saints, who truly sought to live The Word, not the lukewarm or we will remain lost.
“Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times some will turn away from the [true] faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and demonic instructions” (1 Timothy 4:1)
Woe to the poor ministers of the Body and Blood of Christ, who don’t live and preach these truths and still live complacent with sin and seek out the pleasures of the world to make them happy (love their idols)…if they don’t repent and change their eternal punishment will be much greater than the sheep they led to their doom. As Jesus says, such ministers approach the altar and pierce His Body of Perfect Love. Horrible!
“They pierce me with a sharp blade that penetrates the intestines whenever the priest goes to the altar with the knowledge that he has sinned and repented, but yet is firmly resolved to sin again…their will is to continue in sin until the end…I do not see anyone worse than these priests, for they are in the same sin that made Lucifer fall from Heaven.”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden
Please don’t follow the poor lost souls; pray for them. Today, what priests are teaching these truths? I tremble! Does anyone have ears that can hear? “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8).
Please understand, it doesn’t matter how good of a person we believe we are, or how many works or sacrifices we make, pr how many prayers we pray, or how much knowledge of the faith we have, to truly receive Holy Communion worthily, we must love God enough to “prepare ourselves for so great and so holy a moment” (CCC #1385) and approach Him with a humble contrite heart and hate our sins enough to have:
- confessed and stopped all known mortal sin,
- be working–truly resolved—“not to sin again” (CCC #1451), from our least sin to our greatest sin (venial or mortal) and,
- have a great desire for a truly contrite heart (true sorrow) for having offend God; have a great desire to receive Christ in the state of grace/to be united/to communicate with God.
“To receive Communion every week it is required that one be free from mortal sin [confessed and stopped] and from any affection for venial sin [we can’t like any sin so much that we lack a true resolve to amend] and have a great desire to communicate [have a great desire to receive Communion in the state of grace so to unite with God].”
–St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church
Oh, it isn’t the venial sins that damn so many of us and prevent us from receiving Holy Communion worthily, it is our lack of hatred/lack of contrition for them. It is our lack of resolve to stop committing them that makes us haters of God. If we hate sin and love God, we must strive to become real self-sacrificing saints. To learn more please read, “How to Become a Saint.
Confession of Sin Vitally Important
The confession of our sins is vitally important with the reception of Communion, yet very few show any concern that we receive Our Lord riddled with unrepentant sin.
“On the Lord’s Day of the Lord gather together, break bread and give thanks, after confessing your transgressions so that your sacrifice may be pure. Let no one who has a quarrel with his neighbor join you until he is reconciled by the Lord: “In every place and time let there be offered to me a CLEAN SACRIFICE. For I am Great King,” says the Lord, “and My name is wonderful among the Gentiles.” (14:1-2)
–The Didache (c. 90 A.D.)
From the beginning of the faith to following the examples of the saints, confession prior to receiving Holy Communion was standard practice. Now, receiving Communion with the nonchalant thinking we have, that God is OK with being received into our horribly tainted tabernacles, has caused so few to be concerned with the confessing and changing from our sins prior to receiving The Holy Eucharist.
It is so hard to attend confession in many churches. It is only available once a week for most, and if we happen to work on that day and/or we don’t get off of work until the church closes, then there is nothing for us.
If we are blessed with a strong enough faith (are greatly growing towards sanctity) to where we can benefit from daily Communion (as explained later in this article), then even fewer churches offer the sacrament before daily Mass…and if we wanted to go, sadly most priests wouldn’t support our desire to receive Our Lord being the most pure we can be from frequent confessions, since most are suffering from great deception as to The Way.
And even with the few times available to confess, if we could attend, horribly most of us confess so poorly, since we have lost our understanding of what the sacrament is really for and how to properly confess. “Why Bad Confessions Damn Us.” and “How to Make a Good Confession.”
“See how rare such [true] repentance is. Alas, it is as scarce as a good confession.”
–St. John Vianney
NO State of Grace Needed to Receive Holy Communion
I know it is hard to understand the truth with false teaching being spread, and it is even harder to understand when the translation of the Catechism is mis-translated through personal interpretation (from a lack of understanding) and not translated into exactly what is said/meant.
To receive Christ in Holy Communion worthily we must, “Qui Christum in Communione eucharistica vult recipere, in gratiae statu debet inveniri. CCC#1415” which is the correct non-translated Latin version of the Catechism (authored by Pope St. John Paul II), which translated more correctly means “[He] who wants to receive Christ in Eucharistic communion in a state of grace must be found.”
You see, when God looks into our hearts, He must find a soul who wants to receive Him in the state of grace.
But yet, when we approach God in Communion, most aren’t even thinking of wanting to have a truly contrite heart (a heart that can accept God’s saving grace so to be in a state of grace). We aren’t begging God’s for mercy to bring us into a heart of true sorrow–into a heart that would rather die than offend God again, as we state how sorry we are for our misery; No, most approach Him with proud hearts presuming we are in the state of grace. Tragic!
“If they receive it [the Eucharist] with reverence and devotion and humility, and if they do NOT perform this action, proudly believing in the presumption of their own righteousness, [they may receive].
–St. Isidore of Seville, Doctor of the Church
Plus, this “want” to be in the state of grace, that we must have, can’t be in word alone. We must want to be in a state of grace (desire a saving faith/to truly love God) enough to be wholeheartedly working to “sin no more” or our “want” is just a lie and a state of grace will never be obtained.
To say we “must be in the state of grace” to receive Holy Communion is false and an impossible request to give anyone, since WE CAN’T READ OUR SOULS. We don’t know if we are in the state of grace. Only God, who reads our hearts, knows if in fact our contrition is true at the moment we receive the Eucharist or not. That is a judgement we can’t make. To learn more please read, “What is True Sorrow.” True sorrow is much harder to obtain than most understand.
“O God! my soul was in the state of grace [at my Baptism], it was Thy friend; but by sin it became that slave of the devil, and Thine enemy….O my God! am I in Thy grace or not?
I certainly know that at one time I had lost it [when I desired (longed for) my first sin and didn’t desire to amend–lacked true sorrow for my first crime], and who knows whether I have regained it [if I have gained true sorrow for ALL of my sins so to be in the state of grace again]?
O Lord! I love Thee, and am sorry for having offended Thee; make haste to pardon me…I hope I have arisen from my unhappy condition, but if I have not, hasten, O Jesus! to rescue me from it [give me truly contrite heart so to be in Thy state of grace and united with Thee again].”
–St. Alphonosus, Doctor of the Church
Why do we think we ask God for forgiveness of our sins, at least, three times during the Mass (Penitential Act-to start the Mass, Our Father, and “Lord, I’m not worthy…”-before Communion)? This is because, having contrition, and much of it, is the state our souls need to be in when hearing the Mass.
But how many Masses do we attend where the penitential act (“let us call to mind our sins”) is omitted, or the Our Father is just said-not actually prayed or our preparatory prayer to move us into a state of true contrition before Communion (“Lord, I’m not worthy to receive You”) isn’t understood at all. But sorrow, we must have and grow and grow into more sorrow to received Communion worthily or to even be saved.
If we haven’t grown into maturity in the faith from gaining a sorrow so great for our sins we would rather suffering any torment rather than offend God in the slightest way, we are still without a truly contrite heart.
And we must know, to be without true contrition for any sin, even a venial one–meaning if we still have a liking (an attachment) to any sin or even an attachment to anything in the world (family, friends, money, success, hobbies, sports, food etc.) or our will (wanting what we want)–if we still long for anything in the world to to bring us happiness–it is impossible for us to be in the state of grace, since we still desire sin and/or the world and not God alone. To learn more please read, “How to Become Attached to God and Not the World” and “How to Desire God Alone.”
“If they believed in the eternal joy of Heaven and in the horrific torments of hell, they would desire nothing but me.”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden
To receive Holy Communion worthily, we must want to desire God alone. We don’t have to desire Him alone, the Eucharist is meant to help us obtain such a goal, but we must seek it. God simply must find a soul who is alive and can accept His grace and grow. We can’t be dead–desiring sin and the word…not growing in virtue and spill all of God’s Precious Blood on the floor (grace) that was meant to help us; that leads to our doom.
“The Holy Eucharist…requires that those who receive it be spiritually living [growing in virtue from removing sin/living for God’s will].”
–St. Charles Borromeo
Therefore, seek God’s mercy (help) so we can obtain enough grace to truly desire to leave all sin and the world, to grow in qualities of Christ, and finally to obtain true contrition for ALL sin so to be in the state of grace if we want to be saved by Him.
It is Easy to See that We Are Outside Of Grace
Boy is it hard to get to a mature saving faith, since we naturally have a liking for sin (due to Adam and Eve’s sin/concupiscence (CCC #405, #418). Yet, it is also easy to obtain a saving faith, IF we honestly turned to God for the grace to amend our life…He makes the Word easy to obey and the cross light.
If we want to see how far we are from a saving faith, that is easy too. It is easy to see if we aren’t in the state of grace, since there are bounds of ways we reject God’s saving mercy for sin. To learn more please read, “What are the Mortal Sins”, and we surely aren’t in the state of grace just because we show up in confession and confess our sins.
Like St. Teresa of Avila says, “Bad confessions damn the majority of Christians.” Tragically, to the shock of many, most lack real sorrow of any kind during confession.
“I must say with deep regret that the want [lack of] repentance is the cause of a great number of sacrilegious confessions and Communions, and what is still more to be regretted is the circumstance that many do not realize what a sad state they are in, and live and die in it.” –St. John Vianney
Yes, sadly, most confess so poorly, we don’t even receive any (helping) grace to advance in contrition towards a state that can accept His saving forgiving grace. Truly, we must change! To learn more please read, “How Can Bad Confessions Damn Us.”
Like the Word, the Catechism and the saints say, most of us aren’t walking around with continuous true contrition, since we don’t possess true sorrow–a sorrow so great we would “rather suffer death than sin [any sin]” (St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism) against Our Beloved Lord. Most do so little if anything at all to see we don’t offend God. We just confess our sins, say we are sorry and go on offending God just the same..making our sorrow really a just a lie.
We don’t run from pleasure and choose the cross from our great sorrow for ours sins living a life of penance…we, great sinners, are attached to the pleasures of the world from our great lack of contrition.
“We should not desire any pleasure of this present, mortal and physical life but rather to mourn, bewail and lament our offences, faults and sins without ceasing [have continuous true contrition for our sin]…it should not be your aim to seek enjoyment but to truly mourn with all your heart [over your offences against God].”
–St. Albert the Great, Doctor of the Church
Sadly, most of us, from not even knowing the faith we are supposed to live aren’t in this wonderful state of grace that we need to be saved, nor are we even seeking it but have been deceived into believing we are receiving grace from Holy Communion. Oh, we need the Eucharist to save us…but first we need Fear of the Lord (fear of sin and its consequences).
To learn more please read, “What is Penance.”
Lack of Fear
This whole problem exists because the devil has removed our fear of the Lord. We have a great lack of Fear of the Lord–a lack of a fear of sin and its consequences against God, others and ourselves.
This is because the devil has scarred us away from preaching about Hell.
“Don’t be surprised if I talk to you so much about hell. It is a truth which must be frequently recalled in these times.” –Sr. Lucia of Fatima
The devil wants us to make God out to be a God of all mercy and no justice. That we are some extremest if we speak about Hell, even though God did. The evil one wants to convince us that there are no consequences for living a life of sin or keep us blind to our sins, so we unreservedly continue to offend God and belong to the devil.
Now, from not preaching the truth, we greatly lack servile or filial fear to such a great extent, we don’t fear offending God or going to Hell, since we no longer have a HORROR FOR SIN, resulting in us being complacent with many many sins.
The devil has stripped this first step needed to advance in our faith out of our preaching, teaching and lives, which is fear of the Lord. But without great fear of the Lord, we are dead.
To learn more please read, “What is Fear of the Lord.”
“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning one from the snares of death [motivating one to stop sinning]” (Proverbs 14:27).
Those of us who don’t want to bring “judgment [punishment] on himself” (1 Corinthians 11:29) while receiving Christ in Holy Communion simply must change and gain fear of the Lord…great fear.
It is vital we understand the consequence of unrepentant/unchanged sin.
“Resolve to sin no more, not even venially, for…nothing defiled can enter Heaven.”
–St. Anthony Mary Claret
We must, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12), because “The lack of TRUE sorrow for One sin rejects God’s gift of Eternal Life.”
Please listen to what Jesus tells St. Bridget is necessary for salvation and to receive Holy Communion worthily:
“My mercy, however, is this: namely, that none of my very enemies [unrepentant sinners] is so thorough or so great a sinner that my mercy would be denied him if he were to ask for it humbly and wholeheartedly.
Wherefore, my enemies [those without true contrition] must do three things if they wish reconcile themselves to my grace and friendship:
- The first is that with all their heart they repent and have contrition because they have offended me [fear of the Lord], their Creator and Redeemer.
- The second thing is confession – clean [honest], frequent, and humble – which they must make before their confessor. And thus let them amend all their [mortal] sins by doing penance and making satisfaction in accord with that same confessor’s council and discretion. For then I shall draw close to them, and the devil will be kept far away from them.
- The third thing is that after they have thus performed these things with devotion and perfect charity, they are to go to communion [for strength to perfectly love God] and receive and consume my Body with the intention of never falling back into former sins but of persevering in good even to the end.
–Jesus to St. Bridge of Sweden
Therefore, for those who don’t truly desire to stop sinning all of their sins, who don’t really want to change their entire life to work towards becoming a perfect saint–for the sins or attachments that we find ourselves still without the grace to do what is necessary to work towards amending, follow the steps Jesus said above, before receiving Holy Communion. Confession sends great grace to help us grow in hatred for our sins and desire to change. Frequent it.
Also, if we still don’t have enough grace to receive worthily, please attend Mass, many Masses, as the Mass is the greatest form of prayer and holds unfathomable grace given to souls (according to their devotion/desire) even if we don’t receive.
“Although indeed the man in mortal sin is not aided by the sacrifice as propitiation [atonement], it yet avails as supplication [great prayer]; and therefore all sinners ought to hear many Masses, in order to obtain more easily the grace of conversion.”
–St. Leonard of Port Maurice
The Eucharist is to Bring Us into a Saving Faith
One of the great purposes of the Holy Eucharist is to move us into a mature saving faith (a continuous state of grace) and perfect sanctity. The Eucharist is supposed to save us, who receive worthily.
“The Eucharist strengthens our charity [love], which tends to be weakened in daily life; and this living charity wipes away [forgives] venial sins [for those who have true sorrow for them].
By giving Himself to us, Christ revives our love and enables us to break our disordered attachments to creatures [rids our desires for anything that isn’t to know, serve or love God–it removes our idols] and root[s] ourselves in Him [so we can live for Him alone so to be saved by Him]” (CCC #1394).
The Eucharist assists us, who want to sin no more, in the removal of our:
- Disordered attachments: the idols–things of the world–we still cling to: the people, power and possessions,etc. we still desire for happiness that prevent us from longing for God alone so to be saved by Him.
- Habitual sins: attachments to sins we desire; the sins we repeatedly commit from still having a liking (lack of hatred) for them, because we choose them over and over again instead of turning to God for mercy to help us take them away.
Both of these sins can be irregular mortal sins: sins that keep us from Heaven, but the Eucharist is meant to remove our deadly desire for them.
Being disorderedly attached to the world or sin, can be either venial or mortal in nature, but both reject Heaven for the attachment…since we must be attached to God alone (no idolatry) if we want Christ to save us.
If what we are attached to is something venial or even not sinful, it is an irregular mortal sin. If what we are attached to is a grave sin, it is a regular mortal sin.
For example: If we are attached to sex: what we crave that as a source of happiness (not God alone) for self-gratification, not God’s honor and glory, then that is an irregular mortal sin, since desiring sex is not sinful by nature, but being attached to it…seeking it for self-gratification (not according to God’s plan) rejects God for sex. That is, if we crave non-perverted natural sex from our spouse. However, if we crave sex from anyone else or if it is perverted, that is a regular mortal sin.
“Everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).
Both desires reject God in pursuit for the pleasures of the world–they are disordered attachments–but the later (mortal attachment) prevents us from receiving Holy Communion. We must seek Confession and living in penance to amend that offence before we can receive the Eucharist. Where as the former (non-sinful attachment), we need to run to Christ in Holy Communion for help to remove our disordered attachments to sex (irregular mortal sin).
We need much grace to learn how to seek sex only to use it for what God has intended–for His honor and glory…to better know, love and serve Him–not to satisfy our desires of the flesh, but for procreation and love…for God alone.
Oh, boy is this hard…as most love the flesh and crave it for pleasure. Most are far from learning how to discipline our bodies so as to “live by the Spirit ..[so we] will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16), to live holy with our spouses. Most use our spouses bodies to satisfy our desires of the flesh, not to treasure our spouses as tabernacles of Christ. We use them for self-love and not to avoid sin, but to sin. To learn more please read, “What is God’s Plan for Family and Friends.”
“Each of you know how to acquire a wife for himself in holiness and honor, not in lustful passion…whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God.” (1 Thessalonians 4:4-7)
As you can see, deadly sins are much more complicated than most understand–they include attachments to the world and sin.
There are the “mortal sins” that prevent us from receiving Holy Communion (the regular mortal sins) and sins that keep us from obtaining a saving faith that the Eucharist is supposed to help us remove to save us (irregular mortal sins). To learn more please read, “What are the Mortal Sins.”
Yes, the Eucharist is supposed to keep us in the state of grace, if we have advanced that much in faith and give the rest of us the grace we need to take away all of the sins and attachments that keep us from Heaven so to bring us into a truly contrite heart for every offence we have ever committed to help save us.
“[After you receive Communion] you will ask with confidence the graces that you need, and particularly sorrow for your sins, the gift of perseverance [in removing sin/seeking perfection], and of the divine love [true love].”
–St. Alphonosus, Doctor of the Church
Truly, the Eucharist isn’t only for those who have obtained the goal of their faith…the salvation of their soul (being continuously in the state of grace), but it is for the rest of us–who seek a mature saving faith, who seek true sorrow for our sin–so we can get there.
Oh, but the devil wants us all to proudly walk around thinking, since we don't commit what we understand as the "mortal sins," we are in the state of grace and saved, so we have no concern for our salvation and don't seek Our Savior to bring us into a saving faith.
Who is the Holy Eucharist For
Wonderfully, when lukewarm souls, finally soften their hearts to hear God calling them and they now realize they are wretched sinners, who haven’t truly been loving God after all, God is absolutely delighted.
“There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:7)
When the lukewarm finally wants to live the faith they declare, it doesn’t even matter if they are still committing the same sins from weakness. After a contrite confession, the Eucharist is for the lukewarm…the lukewarm who sincerely want to change….not for the lukewarm who are complacent with our offences, but the one who burns to change.
“A purpose to sin no more is necessary; and this purpose must be firm, universal, and efficacious… I would wish never more to offend God [firm]…purpose to avoid ALL sins without exception [universal],…adopt the means [make a resolution] of not relapsing into the sins that he confesses [efficacious].”–St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church
God is elated that their hearts have finally turned to Him, and they now truly want to learn their sins, confess them and obtain His grace so they can stop committing them.
Yes, God is ecstatic when a soul gains some humility, and runs to Him for mercy (help) from a wholehearted–true desire–to become a saint. If God can make thieves and prostitutes saints, He can make us one too…by removing the sin we desire one at a time.
This Banquet of Love (Communion) is meant just for these–His truly faithful–those who seek to love Him with all of their heart and are willing to do what is necessary to stop offending Him out of fear of the Lord.
“His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him [fear sin and its consequences] (Luke 1:50).
God sees this true excitement to change and is so generous. He showers them (wretched sinners) with so much grace; it is just beautiful.
In time, the lukewarm, after grace is received, will change and no longer lukewarm (ot a true Christian), but will finally live the faith and now be working for the salvation of souls as God has called us to spend our lives (following His example). This is what Communion does; it transforms souls.
After the lukewarm’s hearts begins to change and change (based on their humility and willingness to convert) into an ever closer image of Christ; then they will be filled with much joy.
Oh, they will now see so may sins and be greatly sorrowful for their offences, but they will be filled with so much joy and hope in God’s mercy to bring them into a saving faith their hearts will swell with God’s love. This is a heart that is properly disposed to receive Christ in Holy Communion–a heart that sincerely wants to be a true Christian.
And if they stay persistent in their honest effort to amend–not allowing the evil one to get a hold of them–they will continue to change and change and grow into a wonderful saving faith and then perfection (not being able to sin again).
Truly, from the start of the lukewarm’s true conversion, it won’t be long before bounds of sins will be eradicated and those horrible sins that they used to repeat over and over again–that they paid no attention to in the past–are taken away (stopped). They will grow in wonderful peace having a real trust in God’s mercy to transform them into a saving faith.
“Let us perfect ourselves in order to receive Communion worthily…But perhaps you will say that your nothingness overwhelmed by the majesty of God…how can my soul receive Our Lord when it is so lukewarm…[IF you desire to perfect yourself but are still lukewarm–not a true Christian] that is but one more reason why you should plunge again and gain into this burning furnace [of love].”
–St Peter Julian Eymard
In time the lukewarm will no longer blaspheme God’s name by claiming to be a Christian but living a life opposed to the faith. From accepting God’s grace, wonderfully they should be now living a life growing into a true perfect Christian, by walking in His image.
This is the life we all should be striving for in order to receive Holy Communion. We must desire to stop sinning by seeking to become one of God’s saints, not just a better person, but a real self-sacrificing saint, if we are to be blessed with any grace when receiving the Most Holy Blessed Sacrament.
“For I give this Blood [of My Only-begotten Son] and use It for salvation [for bringing souls to a saving faith] and perfection [to help souls become a perfect saint] in the case of that man who disposes himself properly to receive it, for it gives life and adorns the soul with every grace, in proportion to the disposition and affection of him who receives It; similarly It gives death to him who receives It unworthily, living in iniquity and in the darkness of mortal sin; to him, I say, It gives death and not life.”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Sienna
The Holy Eucharist is God’s wonderful gift to strengthen us to stop sinning and heal our souls (from the damage of sin). The Holy Eucharist is our hope for salvation, for those souls who truly want to live the faith, so we can one day walk on the Path of Life with true sorrow for all of our sins and be saved. We are so blessed!
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread [with a heart that wants to amend their sins] will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh” (John 6:51).
It is Hard to Obtain Heaven
That is why The Word says so few obtain Heaven.
“The road is HARD that leads to life, and there are FEW who find it.” (Matthew 7:14).
We must be working to “be perfect just as our Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
Sure, it can be hard to avoid the serious mortal sins that prevent us from receiving Holy Communion especially if we live in habit with them, and it is doubly as hard to want to leave all of our venial sinful habits that we have grown to love. Therefore, we must seek the great power of God’s mercy to change. God will save us if we constantly run to Him for help.
That is why “many are called but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). Few truly hate our sins enough to really seek God to amend ALL of them–to truly become like Christ, by Way of the Cross; most choose sin over God’s saving love…thinking changing is impossible or just too hard.
Horribly, most are dying without having true sorrow for their sins and are rejecting God’s forgiving saving mercy. It is tragic!
“The majority of men shall not see God.” –St. Justin Martyr
What a grave sin to not even work hard to stop offending Our Most Merciful Lord and Creator!
Therefore, if our desire to amend really isn’t there, we must abstain from receiving Holy Communion….seek penance and confession….leave our mortal sins and gain a real desire to amend our ways. We won’t be helping our souls by receiving Our Lord unworthily, we will be harming it. Later in this article I will explain what we can do to become worthy to receive.
“The Blood does harm to him who receives it unworthily, not through defect of the Blood, nor of the minister, but through his own evil disposition and defect inasmuch as he has befouled his mind and body with such impurity and misery, and has been so cruel to himself and his neighbor.”
— God the Father to St. Catherine of Sienna
When to Receive or Not Receive
Knowing when we have received enough grace (when our desire to amend is true) to begin receiving The Eucharist and when to stop and when to continue again can be very confusing.
Frankly, it can be so hard, I don’t know if I have the grace to be able to put such a challenge into words. But I feel Our Lord wants me to do my best, so I will proceed.
Of course we can’t start receiving until we have met the above requirements of the Church, especially that of not having active/unrepented regular mortal sin on our souls, plus we must have a real desire to stop sinning every sin, a sincere desire to become a real saint.
“But because MANY persons are lacking in this devotion [needed to receive Communion], on account of the many drawbacks both spiritual and corporal from which they suffer, it is not expedient for all to approach this sacrament every day; but they should do so as often as they find themselves properly disposed [truly seek to change]. “
–St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church
However, even if we believe we have no active/unrepentant mortal sins on our soul (to the best of our understanding), and think we truly desire to change our whole life, that doesn’t necessarily mean we have enough grace yet to partake in Holy Communion worthily.
To come to know if we should receive or not, we must be greatly humble and look at our sins carefully. “For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body [examining his conscience], eats and drinks judgment on himself.” (1 Corinthians 11:29).
“It is not to be imagined that the fornicator [someone having sexual relations outside of marriage] and the blasphemer [liar of the faith] can partake of the sacred Table, so it is impossible that he who has an enemy, and bears malice [repeated ill feelings of another and wants to harm them (has unforgiveness towards another)], can enjoy the holy Communion.
–St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church
Mortal Sin: Of course if we commit one of the common/regular grave sins like hatred, sexuality immorality, or murder, etc. we must abstain from enjoying Holy Communion until we have confessed with true sorrow (to the best of our ability) and are firmly resolved to never commit the sin again. To learn more about mortal sins, especially since they aren’t easy to understand, please read article, “What are the Mortal Sins.”
Habitual Mortal Sin: If the mortal sin we have committed and confessed is a sin that we habitually commit, then we must stop the sin before receiving.
Venial Sin: If we commit a venial sin, we must be sorry we have committed it and hate the sin enough so to be firmly resolved to never commit it again to receive Communion.
Habitual Venial Sins: If we habitually choose a venial sin–which is a deadly attachment to sin from having a liking for the sin (it is an irregular mortal sin), but if we are truly resolved to amend the sins–if we have a real resolution/working plan to not recommit the sin/sins–we can partake in The Eucharist so God can strengthen us with His love to remove our horrid habit of sin.
Any habitual sin in which we commit (laziness, addictions, impatience, jealousy, complaining, worrying, lack of ferverent or missed prayers, and countless others.)…yes, any sin at all that we commit, we must obtain a true resolve to stop or we can’t receive The Eucharist worthily. (But we can’t stop them all at once…so removing them one at a time is acceptable.)
Attachments: If we aren’t seeking God’s mercy to remove our attachments to the world (everything we run to for happiness that isn’t God and His will), so we can be attached/united to God, then we can’t receive worthily either. We must be striving to become a true self-sacrificing saint who wants to hate the world, not seeks it as our joy.
Oh, there are just so many sin we must amend to accept God’s saving mercy and plenty of sins we must rid before we can receive Holy Communion worthily.
We should seek to amend our most serious sins first, if we have the grace to change them. If we lack grace to be able to work to rid our most grievous sin, we might be forced to seek to amend a lesser sin until we obtain greater grace. But the sins we must amend are much more than we may realize.
That is why we must have proof before we can receive Communion, since it is our very unrepented/unchanged sins that are blinding us and making us not able to see our great offences. But if we notice we aren’t growing in faith correctly, we can now humbly approach God, seeing the effects of sin, knowing there is great sin, even if we can’t see it. Then hopefully our humility will be great enough to see at least the first sin we must work to amend so we can grow in faith to one day be firmly resolved to CHANGE and become a true saint.
To learn more please read, “How Can I See My Sins.”
“When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions” (Mark 11:25).
Oh, the sins are so many as The Word points out many of them. The sin of unforgiveness is terrible, but the worst of all sins is that dreaded sin of sexual immorality. It is the destroyer of souls and must be removed or we won’t have success with moving forward towards Life. That weighs down the heart too much; it just can’t move–not well enough. To learn more please read, “Sexual Immorality–the Hidden Horror.”
Grow One Step at a Time
We must understand, when we decided to become a saint, we can’t work hard to remove every habitual venial sin and/or attachment at one time, there are just too many. Wonderfully, God is pleased if we remove one at a time as long as we have a true desire to amend them all.
Of course if we have more grace, we can do more, but some movement forward producing fruits (growing in virtue/removing sin) is very pleasing to God.
We must pray and seek what God wills us to amend first. This is important. Because if we refuse to amend the next step in our spiritual growth, we must abstain until we do (maybe from daily Communion or from weekly Communion too, as I explain later).
But whatever God wills us to amend first (to the best of our understanding)…not seeking something too big, beyond our strength, but what we can do, then seek His grace and do it, advancing with the removal of one sin and growing in one virtue at a time.
Again, if we have more grace, strength from God, we can remove more than one sin at a time, but God is pleased with just one…but we must be growing, as proof we can receive worthily.
However, sometimes we will fall and even struggle to remove a sin and habitually commit the sin we are seeking to amend. This behavior doesn’t always mean we aren’t firmly resolved to not sin and must abstain. Some times God allows us to fall to show us our great weakness and need for mercy (help) and even if our sins seem to not make us worthy, but if our hearts are overwhelmed with sorrow for our offences; God loves such wretches and calls us to His Banquet of Love for wonderful grace.
However, if we continue to remain unchanged after so great a Gift, then we are to presume our contrition we think we have is a lie or we allowed it to be squandered from a lack of vigilance. Then even if our heart is longing and longing for Our Lord in Communion, as a punishment, we must abstain.
You see, God wants to convert our hearts into having a hatred so great we would rather die than offend Him from receiving His grace. However, if we refuse His grace or squander it away from a lack of maintaining a firm resolve to not sin again, God will use punishment to help us. He will forbid us from receiving what we so desire (Him) as a motivator to repent and change.
Therefore, whatever we do whether it is to receive or not, it must be done so the intended effect takes place–the conversion of our souls. If we aren’t converting–losing sin and growing in virtue–something we are doing is wrong.
To learn how to grow in the holiness one step at a time, please download or buy Lifting Our Values workbook, “How to Grow into the Image of Christ.”
We Lie to Ourselves
Therefore, if our efforts aren’t moving us forward after a few weeks of trying, then like St. Teresa of Avila says, “there is reason to fear a Judas [is] among you.” Yes, we should fear we are now a trader and hater of Christ if we aren’t improving…and should no longer receive.
If we become stagnate–come to our stumbling block–then we must not receive until, from prayer, confession and penance, we can grow in greater fear of the Lord/ hatred of sin and can truly desire to amend our ways–CHANGE.
“Seek a remedy [to amend your sin]; for if you don’t find one after such frequent confession and Communion, there is reason to fear a Judas among you.”
— St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church
Even if we go to confession and confess our sorrow for not amending our habitual sins or attachments and believe we would rather suffer death than sin (have true sorrow) or at least a real desire to amend, we still shouldn’t receive until we have PROOF (we have done something to change/grow).
It is easy to lie to ourselves and feel one thing, but reality is we still have a liking for the sin so great, we can’t move at all. An honest examination of conscience should be able to reveil such liking for sin.
Even if we improve for one day, that still doesn’t mean we will continue. Therefore, to not mistakenly partake in Holy Communion unworthily, it is best to error on the side of caution and wait until we prove our faith is true.
Also, if we can make ourselves change, like a disciplined athlete, because we don’t want to be embarrassed or if we just want to partake in Holy Communion, that still isn’t reassurance we can partake in Holy Communion worthily.
To receive worthily, we must change from “FEAR OF THE LORD,” which is fearing sin from the consequences we can receive from God AND/or because our sins offend God, whom we should be truly loving with all of our hearts. To learn more please read, “What is Fear of the Lord.”
Nothing else makes our reason for change acceptable for partaking in The Holy Eucharist.
Weekly or Daily Communion
It is good to receive Communion weekly, if we are worthy. But to receive daily, there are even more restraints placed upon us. Let’s look again at what St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church says.
“To receive Communion EVERY WEEK it is required that one be free from mortal sin [confessed and stopped] and from any affection for venial sin [we can’t like any sin so much that we lack a resolution to amend] and have a great desire to communicate [have a great desire to receive Communion so to unite with God–desire a saving faith].”
“To communicate [receive Holy Communion] EVERY DAY it is necessary in addition [to those requirements] that we over come the great part of our evil inclinations [remove the greater part of our venial habitual sins/attachments] and that we follow the advice of our spiritual director [if we have one, to see if he finds daily Communion will benefit our spiritual growth].”
God wants us to receive His Love in Communion daily, since He told us “give us this day our daily bread.” BUT NOT IF IT IS GOING TO HARM US.
Sadly, so few are of a faith great enough to receive worthily ever (daily or weekly), since we don’t truly work to sin no more–we aren’t working to grow into a saving faith so to unite with God–therefore, most will only wind up spilling God’s grace from Communion on the floor.
This makes daily communion only for a few souls, who have grown in much much love of God and can accept His love in the sacrament daily.
“How great the [desire for] sanctity that a confessor requires in a nun, in order to permit her to communicate [receive Communion] every day?”
–St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church
If we have enough faith that we are working to sin no more/working to truly love God–as we are striving to become a saint–but the desire isn’t enough to remove many sins yet, then when we abstain from receiving until Sunday, our DESIRE SHOULD INCREASE.
That way, when we receive Communion on the Sabbath, from having a great desire, we can obtain God’s strength so to increase our desire to sin no more and in our desire to communicate as we grow greater in faith to one day receive daily.
Yes, we will start weekly, then as our desire grows, we will add different days of the week, growing and growing in desire until it is great from day to day.
However please understand, the devil is always seeking to deceive us, and even if we think we have an incredible desire to unite with God (great desire to be in the state of Grace–to sin no more) so to receive God’s love in the Blessed Sacrament daily, we prove our desire is in fact true if we have removed many of our sins and continue to rid our life of our trespasses against God as we grow towards perfection.
Different Requirements for Different People
Now when we first begin in our faith towards the path of Life–when we finally gain wisdom/fear of the Lord–and we know we must repent and change (work towards perfection) and gain true sorrow to be saved, God requires very little of us to be able to receive Him worthily.
This means if we are new to wisdom and seeking sanctity, as long as our desire to change is great enough to seek salvation–our desire to unite with God is large enough that we will do something to advance in faith (work on the removal of sin/grow in virtue)–our fruits don’t need to be big to receive worthily weekly…they simply must be there.
“You [who wish to save your souls] should, then, resolve to go to Communion at least once a week…[and] hear Mass every day.” –St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church
But beware, knowing we don’t need to produce much change at first can be the devil’s door way into convincing us to become firmly resolved to not amend our sins. We must still work with all of our hearts to sanctify our souls perfectly, but since we don’t have much grace–unless His call powerfully touched us and we opened up our hearts to receive much of God’s love (grace/strength)–we simply won’t be able to do much.
However, please understand, the more time that passes, from one week to another, the more we should be gaining grace from receiving Communion, if in fact our desire to amend it true and we are receiving worthily. Then combined with confession and the removal or reducing of the sin, we should be increasing our virtues and more easily being able to amend.
We should see ourselves clearly growing into the image of Christ, with one sin being removed (or at least a reduction in committing the sin) and one virtue being gained at a time. Now, with every day that passes and grace is received, God expects more of us. Please don’t be deceived.
We must be constantly converting, producing greater and greater fruits (virtues/qualities of Christ) or our love simply isn’t enough to receive worthily, as we prove by our lack of adequate fruits/change/growth.
However, if someone has already walked with Christ, who has pushed the plow towards Life, grown wonderfully from working hard towards seeking a saving faith and perfection, has obtained virtue after virtue, and gained wisdom and more wisdom, and now knows more fully the Truth, then God requires much more to receive even weekly (the definition of a mortal sin is much greater for such souls), since they have much more wisdom and knowledge of the truth.
Furthermore, if we have been so blessed to have Christ remove a sin but horribly we have found ourselves, Heaven forbid, grow lukewarm with that sin, it will take much work to gain worthiness to receive again….changing just a little (improving) to try to lose our love for the sin, which was acceptable at first, like when we had little faith, won’t be acceptable anymore.
Please don’t be deceived…we can fall into venial sin and receive worthily, but sins we once trampled underfoot (completely removed) but now we have rekindled a love for all over again (habitually recommit), must be removed completely to regain worthiness for weekly Communion.
This is because it is a grave mortal sin to re-love an evil that God’s Precious Blood has taken away. It must be repented and stopped, like with any mortal sin. To love what we once hated is like crucifying Christ all over again. Horrible! We deserve to be turned into a pillar of salt. Praise God if He hasn’t abandoned us to our sin and still found mercy to help us Live.
Please understand, if we can’t remove the mortal sin immediately once we see our folly, our desire to communicate isn’t great enough–since we simply don’t love God enough to do what we have done before. If this proves true, our love for the sin has grown strong, it will be hard to regain what we have lost since it was done in the Light, but much prayer, confession, penance and determination to do what we once did (with out the assistance of Communion) will repair this condition.
“No one who sets a hand to the plow [works hard to remove sin for salvation/turns from sin] and looks to what was left behind [desires the sins of the past] is fit for the kingdom of God [or to receive the Holy Eucharist]” (Luke 9:62).
Daily Communion Makes Saints
If we have grown much in faith and do receive daily worthily, our desire will grow and grow; we will long for the next Mass, our next prayer, oh, our hearts won’t have to struggle anymore to pray or let go of the pleasures of the world to love God. No, from receiving God’s grace, we will want to pray unceassingy and abondon everything that isn’t God and His will.
Yes, daily communion, when we are received worthily brings us to great sanctity.
Therefore, if we don’t have a heart that truly burns to follow God’s will and be perfect, like a real saint, we need to abstain–from daily or weekly Communion–until we gain such a desire.
Since like St. Francis de Sales says to receive Communion weekly we must have a “great desire to communicate.” And to receive daily, we must be walking on the path of Life. We need a great desire to sin no more–a desire so strong it causes us to continuously change in a big way.
“We know when a soul has worthily received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, it is so drowned in love, so penetrated and changed…it is humbled, it is gentle, it is mortified, charitable, and modest; it is at peace with everyone. It is a soul capable of great sacrifices.”
— St. John Vienney
Are we so drowned in God’s love after receiving Holy Communion, wanting to love Him perfectly so much so, we don’t want to talk, we just want to love God and share His love with everyone by praying for them? Or do we feel no consolations from God and just pray hoping for grace? If so something is wrong especially if we are not growing in the virtues of Jesus.
Sure, during ones spiritual journey there will be times of dryness when God’s consolations from the Eucharist will leave as God tests our love for Him, so we won’t seek God’s consolations, but only seek to do His will alone. And sometimes God consoles us when we are even receiving Him in sin, so we will want to love Him in return. But for the most part, the worthy soul (not that we could ever be truly worthy of such a unfathomable gift), but the soul who worthily receives the Sacrament of the Eucharist feels a great union with God from receiving His body, blood, soul and divinity and runs off striving and greatly succeeding in growing towards sanctity/perfection.
Receive Multiple Times Daily
Souls of much greater faith–on fire with love for God, amending sin after sin, removing attachment after attachment, suffering and sacrificing with great joy–running on the path to sanctity/perfection, can receive multiple times daily (according to the current law of the Church and God’s will).
From their great desire to perfectly love God, which is proven, they will fly to God’s Sacred Side of love towards great sanctity very quickly through frequent Communions.
But remember even a soul of much greater faith (unless they have grown into perfection/perfect love) can lose their worthiness by not noticing sins and neglecting to repent and change.
Then through neglect of their soul, by allowing their eyes to look at and desire another (something of the world) or from committing a regular mortal sin, they can loose it all.
And oh, so hard it will be to recover from such a great loss….to have tasted the sweetness of God and turned from it for the world–what an unfathomable deplorable sin! But as long as one hasn’t turned away completely, they can restore their faith again through God’s mercy.
But always keep in mind, no matter where we are in our faith: working to one day be worthy of receiving Holy Communion, or if we are receiving weekly, daily or even multiple time daily, like I said, we can fall. Please don’t ever be deceived into thinking once we have repented and are resolved to change, we are now so holy and always worthy of God’s Love in the Eucharist.
We MUST properly examine our conscience DAILY or better (but not excessively), seeking to see our sinfulness so we can repent and change, or we will receive unworthily. To learn more please read, “How To See My Sin.”
However, we must know, mostly for those who are working hard to stop sinning, blindness isn’t the only means the devil seeks to kill us, no he can make us over scrupulous with our thinking of our sinfulness too. To learn more please read, “How to Over Come My Scruples.”
Since, we can’t read our souls, knowing if we have fallen lukewarm with any sin can be quite challenging, and we should be concerned; if we weren’t, we would be dead.
However, we can easily deceive ourselves and become over or under scrupulous with our thinking. We need to find the correct balance with fear and reality. We don’t want to become too lax in our scruples thinking we are without sin when we are with sin or over scrupleous and think we have sinned, when we haven’t. Or think we are not improving, growing, when we are or vice-versa.
Therefore, beware and always look for the real truth; that is what saves, not what we want the real truth to be.
But always remember, all it takes is one welcome of the devil into our souls and we can go from spiritually very close to God, to allowing the evil one to sneak in and strip us of our true love and desire to change…as we still go about outwardly looking holy.
If we aren’t careful it can happen quickly and most hiddenly. We shouldn’t be overly concerned to where this causes despair, but we should never lose our concern to where we don’t stay vigilant and seek to amend our sinful ways.
Many who think they have advanced in faith since they have gained knowledge, works and prayers or even people who have truly advanced in faith since they have grown in wisdom and virtue, can be tricked into thinking since we have advanced so much in faith, we are just fine. Which is just false.
We must know our misery, if we don’t see, we will blindly die, greatly advanced in our faith, but from our pride, be hideous in the eyes of God…thinking we are righteous.
“The Eucharist ought to be received daily [if we are worthy] unless some sin comes in the way…[however if we receive] proudly believing in the presumption of their own righteousness [we will receive condemnation not blessing]”
–St. Isidore of Seville, Doctor of the Church
Attend Mass but Don’t Receive
If we can’t yet receive, worshiping God in the Mass, without receiving Communion sends wonderful grace.
Attending daily Mass is most wonderful and can help us to grow in our worthiness, that is, if the Mass is prayed from the heart, and we have a true desire to change (at lease some real desire).
Even though receiving Communion does remove venial sin (if we are truly sorry), it isn’t the main sacrament God gave us to help us amend our sins; that sacrament is Confession.
It is our sins that prevent us from receiving God’s love/grace in Holy Communion. In the beginning our our walk towards Life, we need confession much more than Communion.
Therefore, to not allow God’s Precious Blood to spill on the floor (which we are accountable for), if we have proven we don’t know how to receive God’s grace yet, which like I said, is proven by the removal of our sins, then daily Holy Communion isn’t yet for us.
Even if we feel God’s love during the Mass or even Communion, those gifts aren’t meant to tell us how holy we are, but to HUMBLE US. God blesses us in so many ways, not so we can inflate in pride thinking how holy and chosen we must be, but so we will want to truly love Him in return–which is done by not sinning (obeying His will).
Then, after we have received more grace, from confession and the removal of sin, we can partake in God’s love, and receive bounds of grace and grow in wonderful love with God towards perfection.
Are We Dogs?
It is hard to see ourselves in the light of reality. We have a hard time considering ourselves miserable sinners, never mind “dogs.” That humility and real honest look into our sinfulness is only done by a few blessed souls.
But if we want Mercy, we must be willing to know the truth about ourselves so we don’t die from living a proud lie.
And if we are still dumb dogs, who haven’t learned the horror of sin, and we say we are sorry but return over and over to the same sin, from our little to no real effort to amend, when the strength of Our Savior is right in front of us wanting to help, then we should most certainly must know we aren’t yet worthy of Holy Communion.
No grace will be obtained. The grace will come when we abstain. Yes, the grace to truly hate our sins comes from abstinence not receiving unworthily.
Abstaining should cause our hearts to want to love God perfectly and pine so much for God’s love in the Eucharist that we would rather suffer death than commit our repeated sins again. But even if our heart can’t be moved to love, at least, abstaining will prevent us from incurring greater condemnation.
Truly, if we have no progressive change away from a sin, we don’t really hate our sins with enough hatred to receive the Holy Eucharist, and we are dogs who return to our vomit (sin).
“Do not give what is holy to dogs” (Matthew 7:6).
But praise God, if we humbly turn to Him, He even gives grace to the dogs.
Are We Humbled
Hopefully after reading all of this, God has touched us and we feel the need to repent and change our entire way of life.
Oh, how patient God has been with us, loving us, helping us…trying to show us The Way, even though we have been approaching Him with worship from hardened hearts of pride. But we don’t have to be this way any more. Go to Him, He loves us and wants us saved.
However, if we still can’t humble ourselves and abstain from Holy Communion until we gain more grace and grow in contrition/hatred for sin, at least to have enough grace to have a real desire to change, we will receive no blessing…just more condemnation (punishment) when we allow Our Lord to enter into our horribly tainted tabernacle in iniquity.
Please stop worrying about what others will think of us and start worrying about what God thinks, the harm we are causing to His Body and about the punishment we are building up for ourselves.
“The good receive My Body…The wicked [those who don’t seek to amend] do so likewise, but, whereas for the good it leads to greater strength and consolation, for the wicked it leads to an even more just condemnation.”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden
Time to Change
Do we want to be counted amongst the wicked? Of course not! Let’s make the removal our offences against God our first priority…truly, nothing–not great prayer, fantastic works, bounds of knowledge of the faith or any pious act can come before striving with all of our heart to amend our sinful ways. That must be incorporated in all we do and our greatest priority.
That must be the focus of our every action–to seek to “love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37)…and we love God when we don’t offend Him.
We must know, when we pray and do great works for God, but we aren’t working to stop offending Him, then our prideful prayers and works, no matter how fabulous they are, are really all in vain. Please don’t be deceived!
“My son, hast thou sinned? Do so no more, but ask pardon for thy former sins. Flee from sin as from the face of a serpent…it will bite thee…slaying the souls of men.”
–St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church
However, once we are truly resolved to change, we can receive the Holy Eucharist worthily and grow in fantastic grace. The Sacrament of Love will finally benefit us as we grow into a saving faith and then perfection.
To become organized and disciplined with our resolutions, so we can change our life and truly follow Christ, please download or buy Lifting Our Values, “Grow into the Image of Christ” workbook to assist you in your removal of sin.
No Proof – Don’t Receive
If we think we have been truly working to amend our sins and are worthily receiving…then their will be proof. When we are approaching God for grace correctly (with humility and desire/fear of the Lord), we will be succeeding in our efforts to stop sinning, especially as our years go on. To learn how to stop sinning please read, “How to Stop Sinning.”
“The perfect way, then, of receiving this sacrament [Communion] is when one takes it so as to partake of its effect.”
–St. Aquinas, Doctor of the Church
If after years of supposedly following Christ and receiving worthily, by now we should be practically a perfect self-sacrificing saint. This is the truth. We should have been constantly loosing sin after sin CHANGING–not just growing in prayers and works–but changing/growing in VIRTUE/qualities of Christ–not staying the same or changing so little so long ago, still keeping our same sinful personalities and habits, which proves we aren’t wholeheartedly following Christ nor living the faith that saves; we should be coming like Christ.
“Those who are Christ’s have crucified their flesh with its concupiscence [removed their desire for sin and chosen the cross]. We MUST be conformed to the image of Christ or else be damned!”
–St. Louis de Montfort
Truly, after years of striving to be a true Christian, going to God over and over again for grace after grace working with all of our hearts to truly obey His will, reject the world’s pleasures to live for the cross, we should now be so full of grace and peace, we should be a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17) in the image of Christ or very close to one. If not, something is very wrong.
Has the devil blinded us so greatly that we don’t even see the billions of ways we aren’t like Christ (sinning)…so we don’t even know what we should be changing.
“If we understood the value of Holy Communion, we should avoid the least faults…[and] keep our souls always pure in the eyes of God.”
–St. John Vianney
Those Who Harms God Most
It isn’t the non-religious souls who walk into Church and partake in the Blessed Sacrament, who shouldn’t, who wound God the most. Yes, the non-religious do wound Him, but there are others who pierce Him deeply since He has blessed them so greatly and they still don’t truly love Him.
“A man eat unworthily, he shall be guilty of outrage offered to the body and the blood of Christ.”
–St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church
Our Lord has led some of His children to prayer over and over again, brought them to the Mass over and over again, given them fantastic talents, gifts and blessings…guided them to adoration over and over again, loved them, healed them and comforted, blessed them over and over again.
Yes, Our Lord has given some of us so much grace/love, all with the hopes we would see His love and desire to truly love Him in return: truly repent, detest all sin and work hard to stop every crime against Him by living the true faith: that of love of the cross.
But tragically, from our pride, most are so busy thinking we are “good” from all of the love/blessings that God has given us. Now from our lack of humility, we have allowed the devil to deceive us greatly and make God’s love that he gives us something to pride ourselves with, when we are really a misery.
Most horribly, from our hidden pride and cold hearts, we still don’t see our great sinfulness and live lukewarm lives. Over and over again, we reject His loving help (grace) that is meant to lead us to Heaven.
“Lukewarm souls who have just enough warmth to keep them alive: My heart cannot bear this. All the graces that I pour out upon them flow off them as off the face of a rock…The great sins of the world are superficial wounds on My Heart, but the sins of a chosen soul pierce My heart through and through.”
–Jesus to St. Faustina
Yes, it is God’s faithful, who have been given the most blessings from God, who God constantly calls over and over again to change from loving the world and sin, into truly loving Him, who still remain hardened in our hearts (refusing to hear and change) and continue to live lukewarm in our faith, by not truly seeking to live the faith of obedience to ALL of God’s Word, out of love for God, who harm God most.
We still want the pleasure, the comfort…not the cross. To learn more please read, “How to Reject the World and Live for Heaven.” Horribly, we don’t know The Way.
“Anyone conscious of a grave sin [like knowing we don’t truly desire to stop sinning] must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to communion [and be firmly resolved to amend that sin and all sins].” (CCC #1385)
Tragically, seeking to truly live the faith–by way of the cross–seeking to remove one’s sins and become like Christ, isn’t the way life is for most Christians. We like saying we believe with our words, receiving God’s help and love, but we still haven’t loved God enough to love Him in return.
Horribly, after all of the love God has shown us from His passion–especially His agony in the garden when He anguished so greatly knowing His love was in vain for so many–to His constant love He gives in our daily lives trying to guide us to The Way, still most of His children won’t surrender our lives to truly live for Him and His will alone.
We still reject Him.
We want the world and all of its pleasures and not the cross of Christ. We don’t really want to obey all of the Word and most are only willing to give Him part of our lives as we still choose to give some of ourselves to worldly pursuits (the evil one).
Tragically, from our strong will, we still want to remain in some of our sins and simply won’t change to strive to stop offending Him, whom we should be loving with all of our heart. We still want to offend Our Creator. Tragic!
“He remains among us until the end of the world. He dwells on so many altars [in Communion], though so often offended and profaned.”–St. Maximilian Kolbe
Such rejection, after all that God has done, wounds Him greatly! Truly, it is the “faithful,” who are lukewarm in faith–who don’t burn to become saints–who don’t burn with desire to unite with His magnificence in the most precious Body and Blood of Holy Communion, who cause God such great anguish to His most tender Sacred Heart of perfect love.
They wound Him much more than the non-faithful souls when they receive Him in Holy Communion unworthily. God showers His faithful with so many opportunities to obtain grace after grace and so often the grace He sends just falls off of them because their hearts simply don’t want to receive it. It all spills on the floor.
They “say” with their words they want grace and have faith, but from the deception/blindness they live with–not knowing their own sinfulness–they are really rejecting it.
“[Lukewarm soul how can they be saved] when their guilt is greater than the guilt of the world? There is neither penance nor atonement. O heart, which received Me [unworthily]…are all ablaze with hatred against Me [but they think they love me], hatred of all sorts [but they don’t see their sins]! O heart specially chosen by Me were you chosen for this, to give Me more pain [or the repent and change so to truly love Me]?
–Jesus to St. Faustina
What is a Priest to Do?
If a priest, who is constantly celebrating Mass, knows his heart he isn’t yet ready to receive The Eucharist worthily, what is he to do? Well, lets look at what St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church says.
Of course during the priestly formation, the ordinary men that God called to the priesthood, should have spent their time learning how to sanctify their souls as the main goal of their priestly development. Therefore, when time came for ordination, their hearts would have burned so greatly to love God perfectly, they would be worthy.
But if this hasn’t occurred or a priest has lost much of his faith, what should he do now?
In “The Dignity and Duties of the Priest,” St. Alphonsus paints a terrifying picture of the poor priests soul in this state. He holds nothing back as he goes on and on, page after page, citing saint after saint, concurring the fact of the priests almost certain eternal doom.
It is enough to terrify anyone, who believe the saints have more wisdom than them and have ears that can hear.
He paints such a horrific picture of their great suffering that awaits. His words are so horrible, he even feels the need to justify his tone saying, “But, Father, some may say, this language is too terrific. Do you, they ask, wish to drive us to despair? I [St Alphonsus] answer with St. Augustine, ‘being myself frightened, I frighten others [so from terror they will change].'”
What is this terrifying news the saints have to say about the poor priests? Here are just a few quotes of the many pages of clear truths written by St. Alphonsus:
“[St. Alphonsus tells us that] St. Bernard weeps at the sight of so many that run to Holy Orders without considering the sanctity necessary…[St. Alphonsus goes on saying] Every priest is chosen by the Lord, and placed in the world to labor [for the salvation of souls]…
A priest should disregard his convenicnecies, his interests, and amusements…The Lord evidently wishes his priests to be pure and holy; that being cleansed from every defect, they may approach the alter to offer sacrifice to him…
The priest on the altar holds the place of Jesus Christ. He should, then, says St. Laurence Justianian, approach the altar to offer sacrifice like Jesus Christ; imitating as much as possible the purity and sanctity of Jesus Christ…
St. Thomas says…Who ever is addicted to any vice should not be admitted to Holy Orders…St. Ambrose says that priests should never cease by night or by day to pray for the people….
St. Bernard says, with tears, behold, the world is full of priests, and still there are but few mediators. Yes; for few priests are holy and worthy of being mediators…St. Augustine says, to the Lord is more pleasing the barking of dogs than the prayer of such priests….
Priests should be holy; because God has placed them in the world as models of virtue…St. Denis [says] that no one should dare to become the guide of others, unless by his virtue he has made himself most like God…
St. Gregory Nazianzen writes: The priest must first be cleansed before he can cleanse others; he must first himself approach God before he can lead others to him; he must first sanctify himself before he can sanctify others; he must first be himself a light before he can illumine others…
Priests [must] appear as true ministers of God, in much patience bearing with peace, poverty, infirmity, persecutions; in watchings and fasting vigilant in what regards the glory of God, mortifying the senses; in chastity, in knowledge, and in sweetness, in charity to our neighbor; as sorrowful yet always rejoicing appearing afflicted at being deprived of the pleasures of the world…
The priest must be more pure than the clearest water, as St. Francis of Assisi was told in a vision…he must not appear before God stained with the guilt of any sin..he must be on guard not only against shameful falls, but even against light falls [St. Ambrose says]…
To be holy, the priest must lead a life of detachment from all things, from worldly society, empty honors, etc.: and particularly from inordinate attachment to relatives…
St. Alphonsus goes on to talk about the consequences for the priests who are lacking those qualities saying:
“St. Ambrose says, that the sin of those who know the law are very grievous…the more perfectly, then, he sees the enormity of the injury that he does to God by committing sin, the more grievous the malice of his sin, says St. Gregory…
Every sin of a priest is a sin of malice…says St. Bernard…[St. Alphonsus goes on and says] on account of the blindness caused by sins of malice they shall be pardoned only with great difficulty [since it will be so hard to leave those sins from their attachment]…
The sinful priest who ought to shine forth with divine love; but by committing sin he becomes black, and an object of horror even to hell, and becomes more hateful to God than other sinners…
St. John Chrysostom says that the Lord is not so much enraged against any sinner as against him who, while he shines with the splendor of the sacerdotal dignity [being a magnificent priest], insults the divine majesty [through unrepented sin]…
St. John Chrysostom gives up as lost the priest that commits a single mortal sin [like not truly wanting to amend his sins] after his elevation to the priesthood. Terrible in deed are the threats that the Lord has pronounced by them. [Only faithful souls, through prayers, preaching and suffering can awaken such proud priests]…
By sin the priest loses light and become blind [and no longer understands the law]…there is nothing more impossible than to reform a person who sins with a perfect knowledge of the law [since they have found a way to remove all of their guilt]…
The greater the grace that God has bestowed on priests, the more severe the chastisement that their sins deserve; and the more elevated the state to which he has raised them, the more disastrous shall be their fall [as St. Alphonsus teaches]…
Our Lord said to St. Bridget: I see on earth pagans and Jews, but I see none so wicked as [unrepented] priests; they are guilty of the same sin that Lucifer committed…they are not my priests, but they are real traitors.
Yes, [St. Alphonsus declairs] real traitors, who avail themselves of the celebration of Mass to outrage Jesus Christ by sacrilege….the end shall be, first, abondonment of God and then the fire of hell…the judgement of priests is most rigorous, so also shall their damnation be most miserable.”
Shocking words…but oh, so very true.
Even though today, because we live in great darkness most priests haven’t been instructed in the truth like St. Alphonsus has so clearly expressed, therefore the priests today don’t have quite as much guilt as, lets say, a soul who was instructed by a saint to the true Way and chose to ignore their guidance.
However, what priest hasn’t read “The Dignity and Duties of the Priest” by St. Alphonsus? Or any of the countless works by the many other saints, who speak about the sanctity necessary to be a priest worthy of such a great calling?
Perhaps most of the priests’ today weren’t directly instructed correctly, but they have read the instruction and guidance of the saints and sadly most have chosen a different path.
Therefore, because the priests’ chose to ignore the truth’s given to them from God’s guides–the saints–and chose to follow the non-sanctified souls of the lukewarm, who justify their lack of sanctity as just fine, as they preached a different Gospel, they are guilty.
Yes, since they chose to follow–the false guides–they are still quite guilty in the eyes of God…much more than the lay person with much less given to them.
“The tepid [lukewarm] priest, weighed down by so many venial sins and by so may inordinate attachments [irregular mortal sins], remains as it were in a state of insensibility [lack of care/lack of horror for sin that’s needed to change]..the Lord shall justly withhold the abundant helps that are morally necessary for the fulfillment of the obligations of his state; thus he shall go from bad to worse, and with his defects [not hated] his blindness shall increase…
Such the temped priest! He lays up all his spiritual exercises in a bag with holes; thus no merit remains, but on the contrary, in consequence of committing many defects in the performance of these exercises, he always renders himself more deserving of chastisement. The tepid priest is not far from perdition [hell].”
–St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church
So what is a priest to do, who has now been blessed with ears that can hear so to not be damned?
Like St. Alphonsus said:
"There is hope, if he repents and entertains a horror for the evil he has done...[and] thank[s] the Lord with his whole heart if he, too, finds himself aided by divine grace" who has enlightened him to his great sinfulness and need to repent/change...then, "he must instantly give himself to God who calls him."
To start he must seek to change his entire life the moment he is awakened and look for what God wills him to do first; then follow what St. did.
St. became firmly resolved to become a saint and did what was necessary to obtain the goal. To do that and cleanse his soul from sin, he literally went to confession right before every Mass he celebrated.
Unless a priest has at least a saving faith–someone with true sorrow for every sins (which is rare)–celebrating Mass with unrepentant sin is a sacrilege. To learn more please read, “What is True Sorrow.”
If for some reason there was no priest to be found, St. confessed his sins before man begging God for mercy and prayed the entire Mass focusing on God, not the world, so to not fall into grave sin.
This means talking before Mass must end and a total focus on prayer and God must commence. This is how St. prepared his most sinful soul, for so great a moment, so glory would be given to God and not sacrilege.
From fear of offending God and death of his souls, He wasn’t more concerned about what others might think, but gave himself to God. His concern was for God and Him alone, and he received the eternal reward. Praise God!
For help please read the article “How to Become a Saint” and download or buy Lifting Our Values workbook, “How to Grow into the Image of Christ.”
We must always remember, God allows us a choice to do as the saints have done, or think we can make it happen another way…which just isn’t possible. Obey and follow the Saints if we want to Live.
We Must Preach the Truth
We are failing God and are not bringing His children to the Light if we don’t tell them the truth. This is why we are in darkness.
Tragically, the truth isn’t being said. Now hardly anyone even knows the truth since the lie is passed down from one to another.
I have never in my lifetime heard the truth spoken about clearly as to what is necessary to be saved or to receive Holy Eucharist worthily at any Mass or any religious education program or anything I have ever attended. This is simply horrible.
Jesus told St. Bridget of Sweden that “almost no one preaches or believes me to be a righteous judge,” that there are consequences to our sins. Truly, how are souls to know how to love God, that we should fear sin and what is needed to save our souls if we never tell them?
The saints speak, but we don’t.
“How can I rest when so many are to be seen living continually in mortal sin and rushing in this blind manner to their eternal destruction? No indeed, I cannot rest, but must needs run and shout a warning to them. If I saw anyone about to fall into a pit or a fire, would I not run up to him and warm him, and do all in my power to help him from falling in? Why should I not do this much to keep sinners from falling into the pit and fires of Hell?”
–St. Anthony Mary Claret
It would be magnificently beneficial if we even said the smallest words before we received Holy Communion at weekly Mass and even daily Mass to help prevent Our Lord’s Heart from being stabbed senselessly and to enlighten God’s children to the atrocity of desiring to receive God into our tainted tabernacle. But tragically most seem to be more worried about offending someone than saving their life. I cry!
All we need to say is something so little like: “For those of us who haven’t confessed all our known mortal offences and aren’t working hard to stop all of our sins, we need to abstain from receiving Holy Communion until we develop a true desire to repent and change as God has commanded of us.”
Those words would greatly help people to think, “Geee, if I can’t receive Holy Communion because I don’t want to confess or stop sinning, maybe I really need to take my sins seriously” and perhaps others would even look into understanding why such a rule exists. We must do more!
However, we shouldn’t make someone abstain from receiving if they believe they are worthy, unless their is blatant mortal sin being committed from a clear disregard of God’s law, and no signs of repentance/change are made.
You see we can’t read our souls and since God’s grace is so powerful, one minute someone can love their sins, but from God’s grace, the very next, they can be so overwhelmed with their misery and lack of love for God, they come to true repentance. So we don’t know the contrition of one’s heart or if in fact they have gone to confession or are now amending their ways.
But regardless, souls are dying, as the Word tell us, God’s flock of saved souls is a “little flock” (Luke 12:32); sadly, “many are called [into the Catholic Church] but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). God wants us to be with the “few.” But we have so little knowledge, so little courage, and so few speak! Our time of darkness will come to an end, WHEN WE PREACH THE TRUTH!
Pray For Our Priests
We, who desire to be faithful or who are faithful, must pray, fast and sacrifice for our priests who are dying. We can’t Live without the priests, who are our guides to Life and deliverers of God’s grace for the salvation of souls. But they can’t guide us correctly if they don’t sanctify their lives.
“The devil does not go in search of infidels and those that are outside; he looks for booty in the Church of Christ [the priests]”
–St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church
Many of us make the mistake of thinking the priest is only to help us, but we are one body in Christ and if the head is sick, the rest of the body is to care for it. If we can see the illness, we need to do all we can to help. It is our moral obligation.
We aren’t to become angry at our priests, but to have pity on them and understand their struggle. Then do all we can to help save them.
Many priests will read the saints words and this web site and have received enough grace to even be humble enough to believe everything as true and know they must repent and change, but their belief simply won’t be true enough, since their sin is so great and rejection of grace so incredible, they won’t be strong enough on their own to do anything. They need help!
Please, I implore you to pray and deny yourself of the world’s pleasures, like Christ did for us, for the priests. God will send them much grace, from our real love for them.
Boy does it take incredible grace to be able to leave just one sin done in the Light. God’s priests need us…please hear God calling you to save souls, and it begins with SAVING THE PRIESTS.
“There are many who arrive at the faith, but few who are led into the heavenly kingdom.”
–Pope St. Gregory the Great, Doctor of the Church
God is Most Generous
I also want to mention, even if we have been receiving The Most Blessed Sacrament unworthily, and have been damaging our souls, that doesn’t mean we were receiving no benefit from attending the Mass.
If we only knew the amount of anguish God endures daily from our sins, with the hopes of saving us, we would simply cry uncontrollably at the magnitude of love Our Creator has for us.
Even as we beat Him, He is still loving us. Attending the Mass and giving divine praise to God is so glorious, that God will tolerate our abuse of Him even as He enters into our tainted tabernacle. Then out of love for us, He will still bless us for whatever actual divine praise we did give Him during the greatest form of prayer (the Mass).
However, please don’t allow what I said above to justify continuing in our sinful ways thinking there is still hope for salvation as we stay in sin and receive Him unworthily…there isn’t.
I merely mentioned this so we know and understand even though we are dead in sin, God still uses whatever possible good we might do to help us towards Life.
He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve. Now, that doesn’t mean we aren’t, at the same time, receiving punishment for that atrocity of receiving Christ unworthily, but like I said, that doesn’t necessarily mean we left the Mass with absolutely nothing either.
Like I said, God tends to reward us for the slightest good we do, despite our misery, so to keep up from falling backwards,desiring us to move us forward towards a saving faith. But that doesn’t mean He won’t lose patience with us and abandon us to our constant refusal to amend either. So, seek with all of our hearts to change.
“[They] would not obey, so I left them in their stubbornness of heart to follow their own designs.” (Psalm 81:).
Now that we know we shouldn’t receive Holy Communion unless we are correctly disposition to receive Our Lord’s precious Body and Blood, and we should, of course, still continue to go to Mass and participate in praising God as frequently as we can, always striving to obey God’s commands, grow in faith and follow the Church’s Laws, since giving Our Beloved Lord adoration and praise in the Mass is not only obedient to God’s commands but greatly beneficial for our souls too.
May God bless you and give you the courage and strength to change.