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 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 CCC #1415,
- detest our sins 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 so we can 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)?
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 addictions and habitual sins do we continue to commit, because we haven’t worked hard nor honestly sought 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, 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 and,
- be working–truly resolved—“not to sin again” (CCC #1451), from our least to our greatest sin (venial or mortal).
We can’t have a liking for any sin; that is a mortal desire. And not 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 lack a resolution to amend even a venial sin].”
–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. To learn how to become a saint please read, “How to Become a Saint.”
It is Hard to Obtain Heaven
That is why The Word says so few obtain Heaven. 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 work hard to stop offending Him.
We aren’t working to “be perfect just as our Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
“The road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:14).
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 and working hard daily to amend it.
We can’t refuse to obey any of God’s commands or not even bother trying to live 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.
Horribly, most are dying without having true sorrow for their sins, rejecting God’s forgiving saving mercy, from not being wholeheartedly resolved to seek His mercy (help) for us to change. 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…if 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 more please read, “How to Stop Sinning.”
We should be growing more loving and patient, not more worried and impatient; we should be growing more willing to suffer (by carrying our crosses without complaint…loosing our indulgences and choosing the cross) not seeking more pleasure and looking for the unnecessary removal of suffering…we should be loosing sin after sin CHANGING into the self-sacrificing/suffering Christ, which proves we are truly following Christ–and living the faith that saves.
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, are we becoming a real saint? What sins are we currently working to amend? Truly, what are our resolutions to live for God’s will alone? What are we doing to change? Anything…anything at all?
Or are we so blind, 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, if we don’t even work to amend ALL 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
Many want to know what will happen if we receive Holy Communion with mortal sin. Please understand, receiving Holy Communion with any mortal sin, 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. Furthermore, 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
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, 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. 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 (didn’t desire to amend–lacked true sorrow for my first crime)], and who knows whether I have regained it [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 (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; we habitually commit so many sins. 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 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 we desire 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 disordered attachments by helping us rid our life of our habitual venial sins we commit: the sins we still love and choose over and over again instead of God’s saving love and the idols (attachments) we still cling to: the people, power and possessions we still desire for happiness that prevent us from longing for God alone so to be saved by Him.
We can’t desire both God and sin or anything in the world; we will hate the one and love the other.
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.”
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–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 no longer have a horror for sin and are complacent with many many sins.
But yet, 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, 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 to Him and now realize they are wretched sinners, who haven’t truly been loving God after all (they humbly repent), 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 will be no longer lukewarm, but will finally burn to change and finally 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 heart 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.
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.
Don’t allow the devil to deceive you otherwise. 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 true love for God (true sorrow for 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 Communion and when to stop and when to continue again can be confusing.
Of course we can’t start receiving until we have a real desire to stop sinning (to become a saint), but even if that desire is enough to move us to change, that doesn’t necessairly 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.
First lets look at our regular mortal sins. To learn what is a mortal sin and what isn’t please read the artical, “What are Mortal Sins.”
Of course we should be concerned about not committing the great mortal sins, those can cause incredible damage to our souls and God, since the greater the sin the greater the damage, but all sins matter.
“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 [ill feelings of another and wants to harm them–has unforgiveness], can enjoy the holy Communion.
–St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church
Mortal Sin: Of course if we commit one of the common 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 not commit the sin again.
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.
If we habitual sin a venial sin (which is still a deadly attachment to sin) and we aren’t truly resolved to amend–if we don’t have a real resolution/working plan to not recommit the sin–we can’t partake in The Eucharist.
Any habitual sin in which we repeat (laziness, addictions, impatience, jesousley, complaining, worrying, etc.)…yes, any sin at all that we commit, we must obtain a true resolve to stop or we can’t receiving The Eucharist worthily.
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 our offender, but we find no wrong with our thinking since we feel gratified with our dwelling on the injuries of others as we live in self-pity, holding grudges and even slandering another. Yes, any sin we habitually commit (without working with God’s grace to amend–from fear of the Lord)–especially that of unforgiveness–prevents us from receiving Holy Communion worthily.
“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).
Are We Humbled
Hopefully after reading 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 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.
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 truly 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, and we are still 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 harming 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 they are loving God and receiving His blessings when partaking in the Holy Eucharist, when they aren’t.
“We know when a soul has worthily received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, it is so drowned in love, so penetrated and changed [from their sins]…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 [like the saints which we are called to be].”
— St. John Vienney
If we have been partaking in Holy Communion and we aren’t drowned in God’s love, so moved (strengthened) to change our life, and if we haven’t gained even greater awareness of our need for mercy (knowledge of our great sinfulness), and grown in virtue (qualities of goodness) and now live with great peace in our hearts, even with those who seek to harm us, and are now willing to suffer/sacrifice greatly for the salvation of souls, then something is quite wrong.
Must Desire to Be a Saint
To not continue to scourge our Lord, like I said, we must be striving, to become a perfect saint, not just a good person or just trying to amend our sins that we see hurting our lives, but seeking to be “perfect”–without any sin so to love God perfectly, since we are “called to be saints” (1 Corinthians 1:2).
We aren’t called to stay complacent in our life as sinners, even with slight sin, thinking forgiving mercy will save us when we prove, we aren’t even truly sorry for our offences from our lack of effort to stop sinning.
We must be worthy to receive Christ from truly not wanting to offend Him again.
Becoming a saint, so to perfectly love God, is what our goal in life is supposed to be, if we are actually following Christ to Heaven. Are we really doing this? Or have we been deceived and are really lukewarm (not truly seeking to live the faith)?
“For I give this Blood [of My Only-begotten Son] and use It for salvation [for bringing souls to a saving faith] and perfection [for souls 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
Worthy or Not
For many, our minds trick us into thinking we are receiving something of benefit from God when we receive Communion, since we might really want it and think we don’t want to sin, when we are simply rejecting God’s love and allowing His Precious Blood to spill onto the floor.
But He continues to allow us to receive Him unworthily hoping we will finally see His love and desire to truly repent and change before we are lost forever.
“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
Are we so drowned in God’s love after receiving Holy Communion, 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 virtues of Jesus.
Sure, in 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 and helps us to grow (so we do nothing seeking consolation, but only His will). There will also be times when God still allows us to feel great contrition for our sins, even after we receive Holy Communion, and then there will even be times our sins have pushed God’s expression of love so we can see our error (sin), but for the most part the worthy soul (not that we could ever be truly worthy of such a unfathomable gift) feels a great union with God from receiving His body, blood, soul and divinity.
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 that 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.
“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, 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 people so much grace/love, all with the hopes they 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 so tragically, from our pride, most are so busy thinking we are “good” from our good inspirations and 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 over and over again, we reject His loving help 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, that still remain hardened in our hearts (refusing to hear) 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. We still want the pleasure, the comfort…not the cross. To learn more please read, “How to Reject the World and Live for Heaven.” We don’t even 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)
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. And tragically, the truth isn’t being said. Now hardly anyone even knows the truth. I have never in my lifetime heard the truth spoken about clearly as to what is necessary to be saved or what is needed to receive Holy Eucharist at any Mass or any religious education program 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. We hear God calling to us to speak, yet horribly we stay mute.
“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 or 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!
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!
“You have not yet sown to yourself in righteousness [removal of sin-growing in true holiness], and therefore you have not yet reaped the sheaves of hope [hope in God’s mercy to save]; and do you pretend that you are acquiring the true knowledge [from your pride]?
–St. Bernard, Doctor of the Church
So Few Truly Love God
But tragically, seeking to truly live the faith–by way of the cross–isn’t the way life is for most Christians. 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, most of His children still 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 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!
“Bad Christians receive Thee unworthily, some without contrition, others without desire of amendment, others, perhaps, with crime in their hearts” (St. John Vianney)
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. 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…are all ablaze with hatred against 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?
–Jesus to St. Faustina
It Is Good to Abstain from the Holy Eucharist
There is nothing wrong with praising God in the Mass and not receiving Communion if we aren’t properly disposed to receive Christ yet or have fallen into lukewarmness with any sin.
Actually, if we want Eternal Life, this is what we should be doing until we convert enough and want to truly give our lives to live for God alone (live the true faith).
We have to be honest with ourselves if we seek Eternal Life. Some days we might have unrepentant mortal sins, or we aren’t sincere in our desire to change (not really working to live the true faith), or we lack fervency in our prayers and don’t truly desire to unite with God in Communion, therefore we should love God enough to abstain from receiving Him in the Holy Eucharist.
Worshiping God in the Mass, without Communion sends wonderful grace to those who can’t receive Communion but can still receive some grace outside of the sacrament from their desire to grow in faith. Truly, there is much grace for the soul that doesn’t yet sincerely want to stop sinning…but there is no grace, only condemnation, if we receive Communion unworthily. That way, one day, after we continue to grow in actual grace (helping grace) from the sacrament of reconciliation, works of mercy, prayer, fasting, sacrificing, contemplating on God’s passion, etc, we can hope to obtain the strength needed to sincerely be resolved to stop sinning. But we must honestly resolve to stop sinning first, before receiving Communion, so as to not injure ourselves or God by partaking in the sacrament. Until we grow in faith to truly want to become a saint (to live the true faith), to completely believe the Church’s teachings, wholeheartedly want to unite with Our Lord, and hope to have true sorrow for our sins, at least right before receiving Holy Communion, then abstaining from The Eucharist is what will help us move towards the saving faith we need and gain us the greatest grace possible so we can one day sincerely want to work hard to amend our sinful ways. This is truly the greatest good.
Jesus told St. Faustina, “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]. 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” (Diary #1288).
Those Seeking to Be a Saint Can be Deceived Too
Even after we do resolve to become a saint, please don’t think we are now so holy and always worthy of God’s Love in the Eucharist. Oh, we too most certainly can fall into the devils deception. If we do hear God’s voice telling us we are lairs and hippocrates, who don’t truly love Him, great! Sure that will crush our heart, but it is the blindness that kills. Being enlightened to our misery hurts, but that is needed to not die blind. Truly, at any moment we can become lukewarm and deceive ourselves thinking we are honestly repentful and wanting to change, when we aren’t. We want to know the truth. If we can humble ourselves and accept that truth and not become angry and try to justify our sins when we hear the truth, and be willing to humiliate ourselves and not receive Christ in the Holy Eucharist–not sitting in the pew hoping to avoid attention but, if possible, going right up to the priest and asking only for a blessing instead–so to not have “to answer for the body and blood of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:27)–choosing to humble ourselves before God and man, then we will be walking towards the path of Life. Then after we go to confession, God pours out much grace into our souls to crush the serpent that was keeping us from living the true faith.
But even after such grace is received, don’t relax in our efforts after that high from that grace dissipates (if God blesses us with feeling His love), as once we relax for a moment, because, most of the time, there is habitual residue of the serpent still in our conscience (still desire that sin), we could easily fall again and then loose our efforts to amend all over again. We must always be on guard calling upon the saints and God for strength until all traces of liking for the sin leaves (die to any habitual sins).
But this self-denial of Christ to seek His grace to gain a true resolve to stop sinning is the way to Heaven. We might not regain God’s grace to have a true resolve to stop all sin immediately…but increasing our prayers, fasting and contemplating on Christ’s passion will help us regain our faith again. Read the article “How to Regain the Faith You have Lost” to learn more. (see link at end of article)
Since we can’t read our souls, knowing if we have fallen lukewarm with any sin can be quite challenging as we can easily deceive ourselves and become over or under scrupulous with our thinking. But this desire to sin no more, that we need to have to partake in Communion doesn’t come to us by anything we do or think. We can “think” we are truly sorry and truly resolved to change but only God knows. We can look at our fruits and real efforts and results of our efforts to change as our guide, but the truth is only known to God. We can’t “see” or “feel” if we possess it, just like with true contrition, and there is nothing we can “do” to obtain it. Only God gives us the grace to obtain a real desire to stop our sins. Sure there are things we can do to hope to obtain it, but it is a gift from God and unless God gives us a special grace to know the state of our soul, we will have to make the best judgement we can to see if our desire to amend is true or not based upon our actions. But if we neglect to humbly look into our souls wanting to know the real truth, we won’t hear or come to know the truth. We will certainly error greatly and not grow in our faith as we should but begin to fall away or stay the same and then die.
Also, we can become scrupulous in our thinking and begin to see us without faith. But it was our over judgmental thinking that has blinded us. Oh, knowing if we are worthy is quite challenging and a very wise spiritual director would be most helpful in guiding us, but sadly there are so incredibly few to help us properly. Therefore, only our best can we do, always looking for God’s direction to the truth.
God desires to enter into souls who truly want to love Him and are truly resolved to stop sinning. 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 or desire to change, and if we aren’t careful it can happen quickly and most hiddenly. Then we will be tricked into thinking since we have advanced so much in faith, we are just fine. But 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.
Holy Eucharist Helps Remove All Desire for Sin
To sincerely remove all desire for sin all of the time–to completely let go of any liking to our will for God’s will–to remove all attachments to anything that isn’t for the intention to know, serve and love God, and sincerely desire to live the way of the cross–truly seeking to follow Christ–at all moments, so we can renew our baptism (obtain a saving faith again), takes much growth in faith. This perfect contrition–true hatred for all sin–we need to be saved is obtained by God’s helping grace that is given to us not only in confession but in Communion too. “[After you receive Communion] you will ask with confidence the graces that you need, and particularly sorrow for your sins, the gift of perseverance, and of the divine love” (St. Alphonosus). The Holy Eucharist is supposed to help us obtain the strength we need to get to this point in our faith–a saving faith. Wonderfully many of us have the ability to receive such a gift daily and that blessing, if our souls burn to stop sinning (truly desire to love God), shouldn’t be abandoned. It will greatly help us towards Life.
“The Eucharist ought to be received daily unless some sin comes in the way; for at the Lord’s command, we request that this bread be given to us daily, saying “Give us this day our daily bread” [Luke 11:3]…if they [we] receive it with reverence and devotion and humility, and if they [we] do not perform this action, proudly believing in the presumption of their own righteousness [never assuming we are saved]” (St. Isidore of Seville)
We Can Receive the Eucharist if Our Desire to Amend is True
When we first seek to leave our lukewarm life, sadly, we will still desire sin. That desire doesn’t leave the moment we seek to a saving faith. And that desiring to sin, is a deadly desire, that still rejects saving grace, but if that desire to change and come to one desire never desire a single sin is true, and if the sins we still desire are venial in nature, we can still receive communion. Now, I want to be clear on this, as this concept, is easily misunderstood. We must have a true detestation for all of our sins, at least at the moment we are to receive Communion (to the best of our understanding), and a true desire to amend, if we are to receive Him worthily. If we are still committing mortal sin (serious sins) we must have confessed and stopped them before we can receive Christ’s Most Precious Body and Blood. However, like I said, if we still have habitual venial sins, but truly desire to amend them and are daily ridding more and more sin truly working to become a saint, we can receive Holy Communion worthily and be greatly blessed.
“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–remove our idols] and root ourselves in Him [live for Him alone]” (CCC #1394).
No “State of Grace” Needed to Receive Communion
Therefore, we don’t need to be in the state of grace to receive communion. Neither the saints, nor Canon Law, nor the Catechism, nor the Word says we have to be in the “state of grace” to receive the Holy Eucharist. The misunderstanding of what the “state of grace” is and who has it is just another misconception of this generation. Having confessed all known mortal sins, doesn’t mean we are in the “state of grace.” That simply means we have gone to confession and confessed our known mortal sin. We can hope we had such a true sorrow for all of our sins to accept God’s complete forgiveness and can continue with that sorrow to maintain our state of grace, but we simply don’t know if we have received it and are keeping it or not. We can’t read our souls. When the priest says, “your sins have been forgiven” that is if our souls desired to receive God’s forgiveness from the true contrition in our hearts, and sadly much of the time, we simply aren’t truly sorry for some or all of our sins we have committed and God’s saving grace simply isn’t received. To learn “How Bad Confessions Damn Us” please see the link at bottom of this article.
Only God Knows the Sorrow in Our Hearts
To know if we are in the state of grace, we need to read our souls and we simply can’t do that (unless God gives us a special gift like He has with some of the saints). We simply don’t know if we have true sorrow (perfect or imperfect contrition) for all or even some of our sins, at the moment of confession or not. (to learn more read the article “What is True Sorrow” link at end of article). Furthermore, without true contrition for all sin, we would only receive God’s actual grace (His helping grace), not His saving grace, that is, if we have some true hatred for at least one of our sins during confession. Saving grace is received in Confession when we possess perfect or imperfect contrition for every single sin. It is our lack of sorrow–lack of detestation–for all sin rejects saving mercy and we still remain outside of the state of grace even after we attend confession. Unless we truly detest each and every sin–even the smallest–from having a hatred for sin so great would rather suffer any affliction than offend our Creator (out of fear of suffering in Hell or love of God) and are sincerely resolved to not sin again, we can’t accept saving forgiveness during Confession from our still love (desire) for sin. To get to this state of sorrow takes much, much grace. That is why we need the strength from Holy Communion to get to that kind of faith.
“Among the penitent’s acts [person confessing] contrition occupies first place [since it is needed for Salvation]. Contrition is “sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again” (CCC#1451).
If Our Desire to Amend is a Lie We Must Convert More First Before Communion
Nonetheless, saying we want to become a saint, yet every day we literally do the same thing over and over again…is only a lie and God, who reads our hearts knows the truth, knows we lack fear of the Lord, lack true contrition and lack a true resolve to stop sinning. And if we receive the Blessed Sacrament in this state, as sadly most do, no grace is received…only condemnation.
Perhaps the devil tries to convince us we are worthy since we have been “faithful” our whole lives, but our change was long ago and now our change is so little and our efforts so weak, from our proven very weak faith, then we shouldn’t receive Communion either as the devil is simply trying to keep us blind and remove our fear of the Lord. Even if we are toiling towards the goal of salvation and neglect to work correctly with God in any area of our life–not truly seeking to amend any particular sin as we repeat it over and over again without restraint (even if we are growing in other ways), then we must abstain from the Eucharist until a firm resolve to change all of our sins is restored or obtained.
Like St. Francis Borgia says, “[We are] renewed [strengthened] so often by the Holy Communion [for this race towards Life]. But let us also consider that the bread with which we have been nourished is the bread of the children of God [those who want to follow Christ], 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 [lack a true desire to amend]: that this bread [Communion], being received with a pure heart, has the power to increase in us the spirit of adoption [increase our desire to live the Word], which gives us the courage to call God our Father [and not be liars]; that this divine sacrament is a sacred fountain in which our souls renew their youth, like the eagle, and recover that beauty and innocence which they had received in baptism [to restore our saving grace, then move us to sanctity and even to perfection].” Therefore, if our desire to amend isn’t true, we must abstain.
Are We Dogs?
We have a hard time considering ourselves “dogs.” That humility and real honest look into our sinfulness is only done by a few blessed souls. But we must be willing to know the truth about ourselves if we don’t want to die from a lie. And if we are still dumb dogs who haven’t learned the horror of sin and return over and over to the same sin, from our little to no real effort to amend, when the strength of the Savior is right in front of us wanting to help, then we should most certainly know we aren’t yet worthy of Holy Communion. Truly, if we have no progressing change away from a sin, we don’t really hate it with enough hatred receive the Holy Eucharist.
“Do not give what is holy to dogs” (Matthew 7:6).
True Contrition is Easily Lost
This saving grace that we need to be saved, Holy Communion is to strengthen us to obtain it. This sanctifying grace we received at our baptism was lost the moment we desired our first sin (didn’t want to obey), because desiring to offend God is a mortal desire. That means from a young age most of us have lost this state of grace we received at our baptism, from our weakness–desire for sin–not truly working to stop sinning all of our sins. Now, we need to spend our lives working, like the saints, to perfectly love God–follow our Savior–so to obtain true sorrow our sins in order to restore our gift of Life. This is the whole purpose of faith..to follow Christ so to obtain a saving faith. Yet, the devil has just coaxed today’s generation into believing we are all walking around in the state of grace and saved, when the saints begged (not with stress, but trust), imploring God’s mercy, with the hopes of gaining such a faith. Oh, how deceived we live!
“I thank Thee for making me see my folly and the evil I have done in turning my back on Thee who hast given Thy blood and Thy life for me. My Saviour!..I confess that I have done evil, and committed a great error in leaving Thee, my Sovereign Good! For the miserable pleasures of this world. I am sorry from the bottom of my heart…give me a sorrow for my sins, which will make me weep during the remainder of my life over the injuries I have done Thee” (St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church).
That faith, hope and trust in God to save us is reserved for those who have sincerely surrendered their life to seek to sin no more, who don’t allow sin to come in the way of God’s grace to heal us. When we are willing to let go of our attachments–the pleasures of this world–and learn how to hate the sins we have grown to love, so to love Him with all of our heart, not by word alone but with our lives, Communion will be wonderfully helpful in our journey towards a saving faith. But remember God isn’t mocked; we will reap what we sow. God’s mercy truly is unfathomable but it is only for those who sincerely want it and are willing to do what is necessary to obtain it. We can’t want to continue in any sin or ignore any of God’s Word or we reject God’s saving mercy. This everyone must understand so we don’t get caught in the devils trap of thinking God’s mercy will save us, when we are rejecting it.
For those who are following Christ correctly, they are burning inside to love Him, and for those, God will see to it that they obtain enough grace, at least at the hour of their death, so they can choose His forgiving mercy–His sanctifying grace–and be with Him in Heaven forever. Even after we give our all to live for God, fear of death should still be within us because if we choose to become lukewarm again and don’t honestly work to live for His will alone or don’t sincerely want to abandon every sin, all will be lost. If we are doing what God has asked, we will be continuously removing much sin and converting into His image; if we are sincerely working to following Christ properly, no matter how many sins we have, we should trust in Him to save us. This is faith. All God wants is a heart that truly doesn’t want to sin again–a true desire–and God will send them the grace needed to get to a saving faith if we persevere to the end so we can embrace His saving grace. But oh, how hard this is to obtain!
“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).
The Devil Has Deceived Many
As you can see, being in the state of grace means a lot more than simply confessing what we believe are all of our serious sins and then we are perfectly forgiven. That is why the official teaching of the Church (the Catechism) never requires us to make such assumptions of the state of our soul. This confusion about the state of our soul is part of the deception from the evil one to convince us we are all already in the state of grace, all of the time, and we need not worry about neither abolishing our sins nor our desire for sin in order to be saved. But that just isn’t so. We must work hard to perfectly love God and hopefully obtain a saving faith along the way, since as horrible as this sounds, from our blindness, most of us commit many mortals sins; we have just lost true understanding of what mortal sins really are (see end of article for link) and have been covering our sins for so long we can’t recognize our own misery and true need for God’s mercy.
The Blessed Sacrament is our Hope For Eternal Life
Wonderfully however, God gave us The Eucharist is meant to help us grow into this saving faith, so we can consistently have true contrition–saving grace–within our souls, especially at the hour of our death. The Eucharist is our true hope for those who desire to live the faith. Please understand, we are all needing to grow into a saving faith if we still desire a single sin. If we still commit habitual sins, the same sins over and over again (desire them), that alone is proof of our need for God’s grace to help us remove the sins we desire, since desiring any sin (mortal or venial) is a mortal desire. Furthermore, being attached to (desiring) anything of this world that is not for the purpose to know, serve and love God (sin) rejects God’s saving love too. These and many others sins are the mortal choices we make which rejects God’s saving mercy that most simply are no longer aware of. This entire web site is to bring to light what the saints have been trying to enilghten us to, which most have been ignoring, so to help save our souls.
The devil has deceived so many. Sadly, we struggle to let go of our will–wanting things our way–and therefore struggle to gain true trust in God, as our lack of peace and complaining during our trials prove. There are so many things that keep us from developing a truly humble, truly contrite heart. But with God’s help, from the Blessed Sacrament and our sincere willingness to change, we will finally obtain a faith that sincerely loves and trusts God’s will over ourselves. God’s great grace in Holy Communion will help move us there. Wonderfully, for those who have grown so much in faith, through God’s grace, and have achieved a consistent saving faith, the Blessed Sacrament renews that life saving grace within their souls and strengthens them for the race a head to be persistent and fervent in their efforts to receive the Crown of Life, and even grow to become a saint. What a blessing!
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 soul, 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. God tends to reward us for the slightest good we do, despite our misery, so to keep up from falling backwards, and hopefully to move us forwards towards a saving faith. So, now that we know we shouldn’t receive Holy Communion unless we are correctly disposition to receive Our Lord’s precious Body and Blood, 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 and 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.