Why not EMHC's
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(04-15-2011, 01:55 PM)newyorkcatholic Wrote:
(04-15-2011, 01:29 PM)AxxeArp Wrote: Ahh, the clear path of radical traditionalism is on full display in this thread.  The evil infection of the church started at VII! Oh no, wait it started with Saint Pius X! Oh no wait it started in the 16th century! Oh no. I've got to leave the Church because everything wasn't hunky dorey from start! 

Its funny how this path smells a lot like Jansensim. Don't any of you dare receive Holy Communion unless you are absolutely pure and guiltless! Let's not encourage frequent communion with and also encourage more frequent confession and better preaching on sin from pulpit, instead lets stick our nose up at everyone and encourage very limited communion, lets deny the sick among us the reception of the Divine physician!

Hogwash ... Pius X was a great and saintly and sainted Pope, but that doesn't mean every decision he made worked out.  Clearly he wanted to promote frequent worthy reception.

If I went back in time and asked him "Do you want to promote frequent reception even if the faithful don't go to confession more, actually go less, and have a much more muddled sense of sin"  do you think he would say yes?

We must discourage frequent communion right now because we have an obligation to prevent sacrilege and save souls.  If by some great miracle people actually return to confession in droves and live holier lives (with God it is possible), then we could more prudently encourage those penitents to receive more often.

I myself receive Communion very very frequently by some historical standards - more then once a month, sometimes even weekly.  But only if I've gone to confession in the last few days, and only if I have fasted from midnight (or 3 hrs if it's an evening Mass), and only if I have prepared with setting aside time specifically for prayer to receive worthily (in addition to regular morning / daily prayer), and I make sure to make a thanksgiving after receiving.

The average Catholic would consider my practice before receiving Communion to be bizarre and confusing ... but really it should be the minimum for us all, no?  If a miserable sinner like me can do it, most people can probably do even better to show respect to Our Lord and receive worthily.

I converted in ninth grade and went to a Catholic high school.  Sometimes at our school masses I wouldn't receive for various reasons.  The only other people who didn't receive every time were Protestants and Jews.  Other kids would actually ask me why I didn't receive. 

I think most Catholics believe not only that they may receive every week no matter the circumstances, but rather that they are supposed to.  They were confused as to why any Catholic wouldn't receive.  I think maybe some of them thought I'd renounced the faith and was going back to be a Protestant, because they were the only ones who didn't receive.

People are culpable for knowing what they ought to about the faith, but the mentality has been thoroughly drilled into Catholics from a young age.  Not receiving communion is something that makes you stand out, thus people receive because it is the thing to do.

Only continuous preaching on confession and worthy reception will change this state of affairs.
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Why not EMHC's - by Petertherock - 04-14-2011, 10:01 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Bakuryokuso - 04-14-2011, 10:15 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by The_Harlequin_King - 04-14-2011, 10:19 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Resurrexi - 04-14-2011, 10:28 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Historian - 04-14-2011, 10:29 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by bkovacs - 04-14-2011, 10:30 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Vetus Ordo - 04-14-2011, 10:31 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Historian - 04-14-2011, 10:33 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Resurrexi - 04-14-2011, 10:33 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Resurrexi - 04-14-2011, 10:36 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Vetus Ordo - 04-14-2011, 10:44 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Resurrexi - 04-14-2011, 10:53 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by NorthernTrad - 04-14-2011, 10:56 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Petertherock - 04-14-2011, 11:02 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Vetus Ordo - 04-14-2011, 11:04 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by CollegeCatholic - 04-14-2011, 11:07 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Resurrexi - 04-14-2011, 11:13 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Vetus Ordo - 04-14-2011, 11:18 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Resurrexi - 04-14-2011, 11:22 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by The_Harlequin_King - 04-15-2011, 01:55 AM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Bakuryokuso - 04-15-2011, 08:36 AM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Augstine Baker - 04-15-2011, 10:25 AM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by AxxeArp - 04-15-2011, 01:29 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by AxxeArp - 04-15-2011, 01:30 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by AxxeArp - 04-15-2011, 01:33 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by The_Harlequin_King - 04-15-2011, 01:41 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by AxxeArp - 04-15-2011, 01:49 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Vetus Ordo - 04-15-2011, 01:50 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by newyorkcatholic - 04-15-2011, 01:55 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by Christus Imperat - 04-15-2011, 02:43 PM
Re: Why not EMHC's - by newyorkcatholic - 04-15-2011, 02:47 PM



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