Way more Mexicans, at the traditional Latin Mass, receive Holy communion than they do at the Novus Ordo mass. This again is scientific proof that those who are traditional Catholics take their baptismal promises more seriously and live lives that are pleasing to God than those who go to the ordinary mass. The graces received and the teachings preached at the Holy Latin Mass motivate those who attend to live holier lives.
The reason is that they have not yet been totally affected by the modernism heresy that “everyone can come to receive Jesus if they want to”. The other reason is that, although they are sinners like all of us, they do not want to receive when in mortal sin. And one of the mortal sins, most prevalent in their culture, is either living together or only being married civilly. They still understand that they are not living in a state of grace.
In comparison, many of those who attend the English masses, (if they still believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Holy Host), believe that they have a “right” to be able to receive Jesus when ever they want, whether they are in Mortal sin or not.
The perfect example is when there is a funeral mass. I knew many of the people who would attend and knew that they did not go to mass on a regular basis. Yet when it was time to go to Holy Communion, they would march right up and receive.
We also see this at wedding and Christmas and Easter masses. They receive because they believe they are the final judges as to if they can “take” Jesus in Holy Communion. They strongly believe: “No priest or anyone else has any right to tell them any different”. They will have a horrible comings up when they meet “the King of Kings, Jesus Christ” at death.
At every mass in these situations (Christmas, Easter, Funerals and Weddings) I use to clearly state; “If you go to Sunday mass on a regular basis and and have confessed, you may receive communion”. I would put it in a positive form so that they would not call the bishop to get me in trouble. After I die I am going to be in big trouble with God because I, as a priest put in charge to protect Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, instead pleased people and as a consequence many people received Jesus in the state of mortal sin. I am sorry God.
Each one of us have a GRAVE RESPONSIBILITY to inform all those we know, whom are not in the state of grace, that they are bringing condemnation to themselves by unworthily receiving the REAL BODY AND BLOOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST in Holy communion. “Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread and drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. … For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgement to himself not discerning the body of the Lord” 1 Cor. 11: 27, 29 Imagine us priests and the bishops, our guilt for not protecting the humble Lord in His vulnerable condition in Holy Communion and having allowed people to unworthily receive Him.
I was called by the bishop and asked about what I was saying at funeral masses about those attending not being able to receive communion unless they had gone to confession. From that day on, I change it to “if you have committed a mortal sin and have confessed it, you may receive”.
He told me to look up what the US Catholic Conference of Bishops said on the subject. I was pleased to find their statements about who can receive Holy Communion.
As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.
For our fellow Christians
We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ’s prayer for us “that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21).
Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 § 4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 § 3).
For those not receiving Holy Communion
All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.
We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family.”
We as traditional Catholics are so fortunate to know what is sin, that Jesus’ Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity are truly present in the Holy Communion, to regularly go to confession and to be able to worthily receive Jesus. He gives us the graces necessary to live holy lives, as difficult as that still may be for us.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.