How many parishioners in your parish go to confession each week? or even each month? Not very many!
Yet - how many go to holy communion each week? Almost all of them.
Are you meaning to say that no one sins in your parish.
We all sin, even when we are trying to live a good life, we still sin. And even mortal sins make their way into our lives more often than we like.
But what happens when we sin, what does that do to the community as a whole?
While we remain members of the body of Christ and continue to be part of the Catholic Church, we have become lifeless or dead members.
Yes, we are physically present, but we are DEAD Spiritually. We no longer share in the common bond of the divine life of the Holy Spirit. Because our sin has separated us from God and from our brothers and sisters in Christ, we have forfeited our right to receive Holy Communion, for the Eucharist, by its very nature, expresses and nurtures this life giving unity that the sinner has now lost.
St. Paul warned the Corinthians that “whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the
Lord” (1 Cor 11:27)
Lord” (1 Cor 11:27)
That is a whole different story. Do people actually realize that if you receive the Eucharist while in a state of sin, it isn't the bread of life, but rather the bread of death. When did our faith and our beliefs become so unimportant to Catholics? When did the "Anything Goes" concept become a part of our faith?
It all lies with the lack of strong and direct teachings of the faith by Catechists and Clergy. We need to begin now teaching and preaching the truths of the faith with conviction, with courage, yes with love, but love doesn't mean "wishy-washy."
And if some want to walk away, so be it, they really are not Catholic anyway, more than likely they have been protesting the tenets of the faith for some time and should rightly be call "Protestant."
Lets help the parishes and the Church resurrect and come alive by clearing out the Protestants and nourishing the others.