Q – I recently met someone who was raised Catholic but left the Church at some point. When she goes home to visit her family she still attends mass with them and says she receives the Eucharist. She considers herself non-denominational and says that since there is no ‘bad blood’ between her and the Church it’s ok for her… Continue reading Who Can / Should Go To Communion?
How we handle objects says a lot about how we regard them. When looking at fine jewellery, for example, we are mindful to handle the gems carefully. When observing fine works of art, we don’t even touch them at all. When we hold a baby or hug a loved one, we do so gently and… Continue reading The Appropriate manner of receiving holy Communion
Full Question If it is a sacrilege to receive Communion without believing, what are we to do about friends and relatives who receive as a ritual without regard for the true meaning of the Eucharist? What would be the best way to bring this up? Is it uncharitable to assume that they are sinning? There… Continue reading What should we do about those who receive the Eucharist without believing in it?
Full Question The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that if a person makes a “perfect” act of contrition, his mortal sins are forgiven if he has the firm amendment to go to sacramental confession as soon as possible. Does this mean that a person in the pew at Sunday morning Mass, after supposedly making… Continue reading Can someone who has committed a mortal sin receive Communion if he makes a perfect act of contrition?
Holy Communion augments our union with Christ. The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus. Indeed, the Lord said: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” Life in Christ has its foundation in the Eucharistic banquet: “As… Continue reading The fruits of Holy Communion
A Kazakhstani archbishop has said that the Church must defend Christ’s teaching on marriage A archbishop from Kazakhstani has said that the “smoke of Satan” entered the Extraordinary Synod last year. According to LifeSiteNews, During his intervention at the Ordinary Synod of the Family last Friday, Polish-born Archbishop Tomash Peta, Archbishop of Astana, said: “Blessed… Continue reading Archbishop Peta: The ‘smoke of Satan’ has entered synod discussions
Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops DISQUISITIONS …being thoughts on Synod 2015 from various observers An unexploded bomb in the Instrumentum Laboris? With the Synod on the Family well underway in Rome, considerable attention has been given (and not only in the media)… Continue reading Letters from the Synod: October 8, 2015
Response: A spiritual communion is made when we fervently desire to receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and then lovingly embrace Him as if we had received Him. Discussion: A spiritual communion is made when we fervently desire to receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and then lovingly embrace Him as if we had actually… Continue reading What is a spiritual communion? How does one make a spiritual communion?