What sins prevent me from receiving holy communion?
Oh, what grace we are loosing from receiving Him unworthily
Most understand that to receive Holy Communion worthily we must be free of mortal sin, which means we have confessed with sorrow all mortal sins to a priest and have hated that sin enough to stop committing it.
But what are these mortal sins that prevent us from receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion worthily?
There are certain sins that are so grave that they greatly stab Our Lords’s Sacred Heart of Love, reject His fantastic grace and cause great condemnation upon our souls.
When we have committed these sins, we must repent to a priest in the sacrament of reconciliation and have stopped committing them before we can worthily receive Our Beloved Lord in Holy Communion and of course to escape the fires of Hell.
The blessings from receiving Our Lord worthily are fantastic, but the consequences for receiving Him unworthily are terrifying.
We need to learn what these sins are.
“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).
Among these sins, there is one sin in particular, a sin that so many people commit, which most are blind to it’s horror. It is a sin so common and yet scores of people go up to receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and are causing untold damage to God and themselves.
It is a tragedy of untold proportions!
Requirements to Receive Holy Communion Worthily
To Receive Holy Communion, we must:
- 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,
- 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 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,
- abstain for at least one hour before Holy Communion from any food and drink, so to practice self-denial and become open with desire to receive grace (unless it is hazardous to ones health, or not possible under the circumstances) Can. Law 919,
- confessed and stopped all mortal sin, CCC #1415
- desire true sorrow for all sin, at least, a the moment we receive Communion. Nobody can want to sin any sin (mortal or venial), and we must desire, to the best of our understanding (since we can’t read our souls) to have true contrition–we must want to receive Christ in the state of grace (we must desire to unite with God) CCC #1415,
- detest our sins enough (not want to sin enough) to have a honest resolution (working plan) to “sin no more;” wholeheartedly seeking to become a real saint (someone who doesn’t want to offend God anymore and is willing to change their life to see that happens) CCC#1451.
“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/changes when he fails].”
–St. Justin Marytr
These rules the Catholic Church has established are to see we partake in the Sacrament of Love worthily, so that we are able to accept the helping grace God wants to give us for us to obtain Eternal Life.
The Most Common Grave Sin
Like I said, there is one sin in particular that is killing us, a sin so grave in which most are blind too.
Some Catholics want to figure out what sins they can continue to commit and still receive Holy Communion, which is a good question that we need to know. But to the surprise of many, the answer the saints, the Church (Catechism) and the Word says is: NONE OF THEM.
Of course they don’t mean we can’t sin at all. Sure we can still sin, but we absolutely must be resolved to “sin no more” (John 8:11).
Yes, #7 in the requirements–not truly working to stop ALL of our sins, from fear of the Lord–is the most common of the mortal sins.
#1 Sin that keeps most of us from receiving Holy Communion worthily is: Not being truly resolved to stop offending God.
Actually, it is an abomination of love to ignore any of God’s commands (any of His Word) and/or to not be truly working and working hard with God’s grace, every day, to become “perfectly holy” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)?
Please understand, receiving Holy Communion with any mortal sin unforgiven–like being complacent with any sin–brings upon great darkness and causes us to not know The Way to Heaven, stirs up God’s wrath against us, makes us worthy of earthly, temporal and eternal punishment…but yet confuses us into thinking we are saved. Again, if not changed, leads to the damnation of our souls.
“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
Who is REALLY Trying to Stop Sinning?
Tell me, who is really trying to stop sinning ALL of our sins? What were your resolutions today to amend sin? Anything?
Oh, we might be concerned about some of our sins, but how may disordered attachments do we have, addictions and habitual sins do we continue to commit, because we haven’t been hard working nor honestly seeking God’s transforming mercy to take them away?
Please don’t be deceived from our pride; it doesn’t matter how good of a person we believe we are, how many works we do or 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) 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 to our greatest sin (venial or mortal) and,
- great desire to have a truly contrite heart; have a great desire to receive Christ in the state of grace/to be united/communicate with God.
We can’t have a liking for any sin; that is a mortal desire. And not truly wanting to amend any sin makes us unworthy to partake in the Holy Eucharist.
“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 even a venial sin] and have a great desire to communicate [have a great desire to receive Communion so to unite with God].”
–St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church
We can go to church, pray, and try to be good people, but if we aren’t wholeheartedly trying to become a real suffering, self-sacrificing saint–someone who truly wants to love God perfectly–to perfectly amend our ways and become like Christ–we must abstain from receiving Holy Communion or our consequences will be great.
We can think from our lack of, “mortal sins” (what we understand them to be), that automatically make us worthy, but that doesn’t. We, no matter how “good” we believe we are, we MUST be working–truly resolved–changing daily towards becoming a saint/working to “sin no more” not staying the same “good” person we have always been, or we must abstain from Holy Communion.
To learn more please read, “How to Become a Saint” and “What are the Mortal Sins.”
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 love receiving God’s love and help; we love gaining knowledge of the faith, praying the prayers and doing many works, but honestly, our love for God isn’t what we think it is, since we don’t love God enough to even work hard to stop offending Him.
We aren’t 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 but it is doubly as hard to want to leave all of our sinful habits we have grown to love. And we surely can’t be truly sorry for any sin if we aren’t even working daily to amend it and habitually committing them.
We must be becoming like Jesus.
That is why “many are called but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). Few truly hate our sins enough to really seek to amend ALL of them–to truly become like Christ; most choose sin over God’s saving love…thinking changing is impossible or just too hard; we simply like the sin too much and aren’t willing to suffer to amend it.
Horribly, most are dying without having true sorrow for their sins and are rejecting God’s forgiving saving mercy, from not being wholeheartedly resolved to seek His mercy (help) for us to change and grow into a saving faith. It is tragic!
“The majority of men shall not see God.” –St. Justin Martyr
What a grave sin to not even work to stop offending Our Most Merciful Lord and Creator!
Like St. Francis Borgia says, “The bread with which we have been nourished is the bread of the children of God [those who want to follow Christ to Heaven], 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 [from lacking a true desire to amend].
Therefore, if our desire to amend really isn’t there, we must abstain.
“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
No Proof – Don’t Receive
If we think we are truly working to amend our sins…then 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.”
We should be loosing sin after sin CHANGING into the self-sacrificing/suffering Christ (not staying the same), which proves we are truly following Christ–and living the faith that saves.
“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, 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.
Honestly, if we don’t even have enough grace that we still lack forgiveness and understanding of lets say, “poor drives on the road,” and we still become angry or frustrated by their imperfections (any wrongdoing at all), then how can we have enough grace to be truly sorry for any sin, when we are still full of pride.
That effortless tolerance/forgiveness of our neighbor’s faults (especially slight wrongs) is one of the first graces given to a soul–growing in true humility (coming to know their great misery)–who is truly seeking a saving faith. Please don’t be deceived.
Honestly, are we becoming a real saint (stopping our sins)? What sins are we currently working to amend? Truly, what are our resolutions to live for God’s will alone? Today, what did we do to change? What are our results? Anything…anything at all?
Or has the devil blinded us so greatly, 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.
Perhaps we have been deceived into thinking confessing our sins alone is enough or if we just avoid what we think are the “mortal” sins, we are doing just great. Truly, where is our real contrition/real love for God, if we don’t even work to stop our offences against Our Creator? Where is our true hatred for sin? Where is our real love for God?
“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
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, as we state how sorry we are for our misery; No, most approach Him with proud hearts. Tragic!
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.”
“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/never commit again–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].”
–St. Alphonosus, Doctor of the Church
Without a truly contrite heart for any sin, even a venial one, we still have a liking for sin or an attachment (which is a mortal desire) making it impossible to be in the state of grace.
We must have true contrition for ALL sin to be in the state of grace. And boy is it hard to get to this kind of maturity in the faith, since from a liking for sin (due to Adam and Eve’s sin/concupiscence), we habitually commit so many sins from not hating them enough to run to God’s transforming mercy to take them away.
Yes, even a venial sin that we think little of is deadly.
“[A] venial [sin]…becomes mortal,” when someone “fix[es] one’s end in that venial sin [is not resolved to amend].”
–St. Aquinas, Doctor of the Church
It is Easy to See that We Are Outside Of Grace
Sure, 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, 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.
Yes, sadly, most confess so poorly, we don’t even receive any grace to advance in contrition towards a state that can accept His saving forgiving grace so to be in a state of grace. Truly, we must change. To learn more please read, “How Can Bad Confessions Damn Us.”
Also, 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]” (Baltimore Catechism). Most do so little if anything at all to see we don’t offend God.
Sadly, most aren’t in this wonderful state of grace that we need to be saved, from still having a liking for many many sins. Oh, we need the Eucharist to save us.
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).
“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 [rid 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 venial sins: the sins we repeatedly commit from still having a love 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 which keep us from accepting God’s saving mercy. Yes, mortal sins are much more complicated than most understand.
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.”
Communion with God is supposed to move us into a state of true contrition and away from the sins we still desire so we can desire God alone and be perfectly sorry for all our tresspasses.
“[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.”
–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.
The devil wants us all to proudly walk around thinking, since we don't commit the "mortal sins" that we understand as deadly, 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.
Lack of Fear
This whole problem exists because 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. We greatly lack servile or finial 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 and are complacent with many many sins.
But yet, from our blindness, we think forgiving mercy will save us when we still lack a truly sorrowful heart for our crimes against God and are rejecting God’s saving grace for our sins. 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. Not being resolved to amend any sin is always mortal.
Honestly, how many sins do we habitually commit, how many attachments to the world do we not even work to leave, because we have put forth little or nor real effort into amending them? Each one is deadly.
“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
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 want to live the faith they declare, it doesn’t even matter if they are still committing the same sins from weakness. 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–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.
The lukewarm, after grace is received, will be no longer lukewarm, but will finally burn to change and work for the salvation of souls (really save the souls of their neighbor) as God has called us to spend our lives doing (following His example).
And now since their hearts aren’t so hard–their humbled–the wonderful grace He sends is finally absorbed, and they begin to change and change quickly (based on their humility and willingness to convert) into an ever closer image of Christ; 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.
And if they stay persistent–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 their 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.
In time they will no longer blaspheme God’s name by claiming to be a Christian and living a life opposed to the faith, but will now be living a life growing into a true perfect Christian, by walking in His image.
This is the life we all should be living in order to receive Holy Communion. We must desire to stop sinning by seeking to become one of God’s saints 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 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
Please don’t allow the devil to deceive you. We are “called to be saints” (1 Corinthians 1:2). This is obedience to God.
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).
When to Receive or Not Receive
Knowing when we have received enough grace to begin receiving The Eucharist and when to stop and when to continue again can be confusing.
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 (desire to become a saint).
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, 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 need to look at our sins carefully.
“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 sin–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.
Any habitual sin in which we commit (laziness, addictions, impatience, jealousy, complaining, worrying, etc.)…yes, any sin at all that we commit, we must obtain a true resolve to stop or we can’t receive The Eucharist worthily.
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 saint.
Grow One Step at a Time
However, 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. 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 to receive worthily.
To learn how to grow in the holiness required to receive worthily, please download or buy Lifting Our Values workbook, “How to Grow into the Image of Christ.”
We Lie to Ourselves
However, 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 loved Him and would rather die then offend God, we would obey His commands or at least truly try hard enough to be constantly improving. 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
If we aren’t changing away from our sins–losing our addiction/desire to sin/ improving little by little–especially with time and every confession we make, we must be greatly concerned our desire to amend so little, that it is really just a lie. And if we receive in this state, we will only be hastening ourselves towards death, not life. Don’t be deceived.
However, 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 the contrition we declare is in fact true.
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. 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, and we can consistently grow or completely amend the sin.
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 because we fear sinning from the consequences we can receive from God or because our sins will offend God, whom we want to truly love with all of our heart. 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.
“My daughter, write that it pains Me very much when religious souls receive the Sacrament of Love merely out of habit, as if they did not distinguish this food [as My true Body and Blood who that wants to be received into a heart that wants to truly love Me–who want to sin no more]. I find neither [true] faith nor [true] 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 just condemnation]”
–Jesus to St. Faustina, Diary #1288
Oh, there are just so many sin we must amend to accept God’s saving mercy. And we should seek to amend our most serious sins first, if we have the grace to change. 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. To learn more please read, “How Can I See My Sins.”
For example: perhaps, we keep on drumming up in our minds over and over again an injustice that occurred to us, as we bear ill feelings towards someone, who offended us, but we find no wrong with our thinking since we feel gratified and justified with our dwelling on the injuries of others as we live in self-pity, holding grudges and perhaps even slandering another. Yes, any sin we habitually commit (without working /being truly resolved, with God’s grace, to amend–from fear of the Lord)–especially that of unforgiveness–prevents us from receiving Holy Communion worthily.
We must be working to amend them, one at a time…from our most serious to our least (according to God’s will). We must be growing.
“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 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. To learn more please read, “Sexual Immorality–the Hidden Horror.”
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].”
Ok, this we now understand. But St. Francis de Sales doesn’t stop there. He goes on and says:
“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, 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 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 grow greater in faith to one day receive daily.
However please understand, 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 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…meaning if we are new to wisdom and seeking sanctity, as long as our desire to change is great–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…they simply must be there to receive Communion weekly.
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) when we heard His call–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
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.
God is Greatly Injured
Tragically, many of us have been misled so greatly and aren’t properly seeking the truth, so now we are living lukewarm lives (not working to be a saint). As a result, countless people are wrongly partaking in Christ’s Gift of Love when we should be abstaining.
We are harming God’s Sacred Heart of Love, our souls and even our neighbor (by not having the grace we need to help save them). This injury we cause ourselves, others, and God from the improper receipt of Communion, is a tragedy of mammoth 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
We must stop injuring Our Lord and sincerely want to love and unite with God to receive His Body Blood Soul and Divinity.
Please don’t be deceived. The deception so many live with is incredible…countless people think we are loving God and receiving His blessings when partaking in the Holy Eucharist, when we aren’t.
Those Who Harm 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!
“Bad Christians receive Thee unworthily, some without contrition, others without desire of amendment, others, perhaps, with crime in their hearts.”
–St. John Vianney
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.