The Holy Eucharist
National Eucharistic Revival. In preparation for the American Bishops’ National Eucharistic Revival of 2022-2024, we are first addressing the issue of Eucharistic coherence and spiritual consistency for all devout Catholics. For more information, please contact us at Prayer@StDaniel.org.
When we approach the altar for Holy Communion, we receive Christ himself in the Blessed Sacrament. In doing so, let Christ also receive you as well, that is, your commitment to Him as your God and Savior, the Lord of your life. Saint Ignatius of Loyola expressed this well in his famous Suscipe prayer:
“Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me. Amen.”
Eucharistic Coherence is about the way we live and the way we pray. Receiving Communion is an admission that we are forgiven sinners who need God’s grace to continue living our lives as faithful Christians. To worthily receive Communion, three things are spiritually necessary to obtain the blessings of this holy sacrament, and to avoid the spiritual consequences of committing further sin in our lives.
- First, we are faithfully living our daily lives according to the beliefs and values of Catholic Christianity as explained in the Catechism.
- Second, we have been absolved from serious sin through sacramental Confession and a recommitment of our whole life to Christ.
- Third, we have spiritually prepared ourselves for receiving Holy Communion by prayerfully fasting for at least an hour beforehand.
Spiritual Consistency. In other words, we need to be in spiritual communion with Christ and his Church in order to worthily receive sacramental Communion. Our inner private life and our outer public life need to be congruent, not just for the sake of receiving Communion, but for obtaining our eternal salvation. So, it is truly an act of charity which compels us to emphasize this issue of spiritual consistency and personal integrity in regard to worthily receiving Communion.
An Invitation for You. As we are actively working through these spiritual issues in our personal lives, please contact us at Prayer@StDaniel.org for spiritual support and guidance. Please consider attending our parish ChristLife course to grow in an adult understanding of our faith. Please click here for more information about the ChristLife course at our parish, and here for a presentation of the core gospel message of our Catholic Christian faith.