No Catholic Should Fear Returning to Church and Receiving Holy Communion
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Catholic Churches are unique from every other place of worship or building in the world because it is only in Catholic Churches that Jesus is truly, substantially and physically present and it is only in Catholic Churches where He gives us His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity to eat and to drink.
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Why have we been so hesitant to proclaim this Truth?
If there was ever a moment to give witness to this Truth, to shout It from the rooftops, to rely on It and to share It with the world (especially among those Catholics who no longer believe that He dwells among us), now is that time.
What an opportunity we have missed!
Certainly, a God Who lives among us, Who commands us to come worship Him, and Who feeds us His Flesh and Blood (both of which are contained in the consecrated and Sacred Host) cannot and will not, allow us to contract or spread an illness by obeying His directions. That would be totally contrary to His Divine Nature.
I hear the clamor: 'You are crazy old man! You are naĂŻve. You are a fool!'
'Guilty,' is my response. 'Guilty for believing my God would not strike me ill or use me to spread sickness to others for simply choosing to worship Him and to eat His Body and Blood. Guilty for putting my trust in Him. Guilty for relying on supernatural faith not human fear.'
The Catholic Church exists for the salvation of souls, not to eradicate sickness and disease. Yes, as a Church and as members of the Body of Christ, we must cooperate with reasonable efforts to promote public health and safety. Certainly, out of charity and justice for our neighbor, stay home if you do not feel well or manifest any symptoms of illness. However, limiting Church attendees to 10 souls is not reasonable and should never be accepted.
An absolute bar to attendance at Mass and the reception of Holy Communion is not within the legitimate authority of any human being.
There are at least 107 times in the New Testament that Jesus tells us 'fear not,' or 'do not fear,' or 'do not be afraid.' Could He be any clearer? Everything that He allows to happen in our lives is for our eternal benefit. So why do we refuse to believe Him?
As Catholics, we have nothing to fear by returning to Church and receiving Holy Communion, so long as we are in state of grace.
And no one on this planet (be they secular or religious leaders) has the right to tell us otherwise or to deprive us of our freedom to do so.
It is not enough to simply profess with our lips 'Jesus I Trust in You!' We must cast aside our earthly fears and transform those words into action.
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