Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 01 March |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Giovanna Maria Bonomo
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

Does daily communion take something away from its specialness?

KOMUNIA ŚWIĘTA

TrepalioBa | Shutterstock

Edifa - published on 09/14/20

We should keep on receiving communion as often as possible if we have this one good habit.

Would it be a good thing to receive communion more often? This is a question that King Louis, who went on to become a saint, never even considered. He would “hear” two Masses every day, as they referred to it then, which meant that he attended two “low Masses” in a row but, like all the Friars Minor and Dominicans of that time, he only received communion seven times a year, at the great feasts. It wasn’t because of a lack of trust in God; they did it out of their great respect for the Body of Christ in the Eucharist, and they only received communion after preparing for a long time.

Nowadays, thanks to Pope Leo XIII and later St. Pius X’s energetic insistence on a return to the early practices of the Church, we Catholics find it normal to receive communion every time we go to Mass. And given that the rules of fasting before communion are more lax, it hardly takes any special effort to prepare, no matter what time the Mass is. So nowadays, many Catholics receive communion every Sunday and even every day—even if they haven’t gone to confession or rarely pray. What should we make of this?


BREAD AND WINE

Read more:
Why did Jesus choose bread and wine for the Eucharist?

Receive communion as often as possible, with one condition

Communion is only helpful if, in the hours preceding it, we intensely repeat to Jesus that we need Him and we beg Him to fill our hearts. After communion, as well, we should take time to speak to him. Then, the “body-to-body” Eucharist will grow into a true “heart-to-heart” Eucharist that will last the whole day.

The holy Cure of Ars, St. John Vianney, warned his priests against the habit they had of rushing off to read the newspaper as soon as the Mass was over, instead of continuing the dialogue with He whom they just had in hand and given to the faithful.

For her part, the mystic Marthe Robin came to say that prayer was actually more important than daily communion. In fact, she said that prayer “demands much more effort. Besides, sacramental communion may not be possible during a long period because of different trials that God sends to his creatures to test them. Prayer is always possible, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Communion does not always imply virtue: we can be guilty and receive the Body and Blood of Christ. Nor does daily prayer necessarily imply that we are virtuous, but it is a test to see if we are making a serious effort to be so.”

Thus, we should keep on receiving communion as often as possible, if we have that good habit of prayer and confessing grave sin. But these communions should be the high point of our day: a high point whose ascension we prepare ourselves for and whose descent “in the hands of Jesus” is done with a heart full of joy.

Abbot Pierre Descouvemont




Read more:
Increase your love of God with this prayer after communion

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
2
MADONNA
V. M. Traverso
The 9 oldest images of Mary
3
Jacques Fesch
Brother Silas Henderson, SDS
Meet the Death Row prisoner who discovered a ...
4
SEARCHNG PURSE
Cerith Gardiner
12 Things every Catholic woman should have in her purse
5
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about...
6
CELEBRITY MARRIAGES
Cerith Gardiner
10 Celebrities whose marriages have stood the test of time
7
RECONSTRUCTED CHRIST
Lucandrea Massaro
This 3D “carbon copy” of Jesus was created using the ...
See More