To the editor:
Catholic people who are interested in the Eucharistic Revival should also be concerned with the revival of the Sacrament of Confession. In Catechism No. 1389, the Church teaches we are to be in the state of grace before receiving Communion. We may need more promotion from our pulpits regarding the necessity of confession, and how this sacrament prepares us to receive the Lord’s Body and Blood.
Recall the line from St. Paul, “so then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord” (1 Cor. 11:27). The nuns taught to me in Catholic school that it is a sacrilege if we are in mortal sin and receive the most precious, blessed Host.
According to the Catechism No. 1400, people who are not practicing Catholics should not be joining the Communion line to receive. This is neither elitist nor a punishment, but a condition and a tradition to be honored. If we elevate Communion for those who are following the precepts of the faith, then those who desire communion with us may feel the need to elevate themselves, by God’s grace, to desire conversion and holiness as a prerequisite to union with Jesus Christ, the Sacrificial Lamb.
Grave evils, like abortion and sexual unions outside of marriage, are becoming more accepted today by the average American, and for many people these sins are no longer considered grievous. So, we need to get back to the basics. We must work to prepare ourselves with a good confession and receive absolution in “order to be united more closely to Christ.” When we receive worthily, He comes to “live in us,” so we can become one with Him and more like Him.
Francis L. Netti