The Pope Speaks

3 June 2010 Corpus Christi
How People Prepared for Holy Communion in the 1950's
Let us consider how many prepared to receive Holy Communion in the late 1950’s Let us consider the average Catholic, who went to Mass and Communion faithfully each Sunday. Saturday night would find them watching the late movie on television or going out to a party or movie. They would get to bed late, but it is the weekend. In any case, they rise in the morning and put the coffee on. A quick check of the clock shows that they have time for a cinnamon roll with the coffee and paper this morning. They check and they will be able to clean up and get to church early to go to confession. And yes, there is a good reason to get to confession this Sunday, since they have sinned mortally. The drive to the church is accompanied by the latest tunes or news on the radio. And so their final preparation for Holy Communion is made in the Confessional line and in assisting at Mass, which they read from their Missal. What should we think of such a lax preparation for Holy Communion? They fulfilled the minimums of the law, but were not zealous. Had the priest ever given them good advice from the pulpit on how better to prepare for Holy Communion? And what are we to think about their habitual sinfulness, which requires early departure for church this day? Is their repentance today better than it was the last time they had fallen into the same sin? One Holy Communion is sufficient to make a saint, so why is it not sufficient here? The reason is simple, utter laxity in preparation. Also stretching the relaxed Eucharistic fast laws to justify an utterly lax life style, when they were designed to make it easier to go to Holy Communion more often. In the 1960’s the fast was reduced to an hour, and preparation for Holy Communion became virtually non-existent. And thus, when the Novus Ordo came in and we were given only bread and wine instead of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, we were properly prepared for that alone. People went to church out of a mere habit, and soon many even abandoned this habit. Prior to the Novus Ordo, Jesus was present, and therefore the Author of grace was present and this kept many coming, but after the Novus Ordo Jesus was no longer present drawing people to Himself.

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How Should We Prepare for Holy Communion
Saint John Vianney tells us that the whole life of a Christian ought to be a preparation for Holy Communion. And thus we should be prepared to receive at any moment with the exception of fasting, for we cannot always be fasting. We have all learned the minimums, that is we must be free from unconfessed mortal sins, but is that sufficient? The example given above was of someone, who was free from unconfessed mortal sin at the moment they received. However, can we consider they were truly prepared to receive Holy Communion properly? Yes, they met the minimums, but barely. What do the Saints tell us? How did the Saints prepare to receive Holy Communion? We should imitate the Saints. Saint Pius X encouraged all to receive Holy Communion daily, and prescribed the minimums necessary. He encouraged people to take advantage of our Daily Bread in order to progress in sanctity. And this progress is to bring us to the point of eliminating not only mortal sin from our life, but also deliberate venial sin. How many of us consider that all sin is an evil to be avoided, not just mortal sin? Let us all exam our conscience, for our sins may be withholding the restoration of the Mass. Let us make an examination of conscience and see where we are being lax or what is worse, even rationalizing our sins. Let us not be lax, for what many consider nothing may in fact be a venial or possibly even a mortal sin! Until we can receive Holy Communion actually, let us do so spiritually. And let us observe at least once a week a solemn Spiritual Communion based upon the proper preparation on the next page. Members of a Third Order should do so daily, when they cannot receive Holy Communion actually, for all Third Orders are dedicated to a more spiritual way of life than the average layman is called to. And yes, even the average layman is called to more than many live, for many are living a life of dissipation, which will lead ultimately to damnation. On the following page will be given the preparation a person should make, who communicates weekly. Those who communicate daily will observe the silence and preparation, but the subject of their meditation will be more varied,

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Proper Preparation to Receive Holy Communion
Our preparation to receive Holy Communion should begin the evening before with our evening prayers prior to retiring. Our day should always end with prayer. The night before receiving Holy Communion we should extend our prayer and begin our preparation for Holy Communion and bring this to mind. The subject for the morning mediation should be prepared and should be on the Blessed Sacrament. After the night prayers are completed, the television, computer and radio should not be turned on, for they will distract from the spirit of prayer which should persevere from evening until after Mass and thanksgiving the next day. We should retire with holy thoughts on our mind, and if we awake, we should stir these up while returning to sleep. We should awake with holy thoughts and as is customary for a true Christian open our eyes to prayer, such as the Morning Offering. If duty permits we should go to church early for our meditation, otherwise we should make it at home. Silence should be observed. Of course, those with small children cannot do this, but in homes where there are only adults, the silence should be absolute until after Mass and thanksgiving. The spirit of fasting should include fasting from all worldly distractions from night prayers the evening before until after Mass and Holy Communion. Those who are able should observe the bodily fast from midnight. Water no longer breaks the fast, and if necessary a cup of coffee may be taken as the current law allows. However, this should also be taken plain and in silence while reading some spiritual book or continuing one’s meditation. If one would attend an evening Mass, the abstinence from worldly distractions should continue from the night before until after the evening Mass, as far as duty allows. Food should be sufficient to maintain strength, but the spirit of fasting should always remain. This indulgence was given by Pope Pius XII in order to make it possible for more people to receive Holy Communion more often. Let us take advantage of this indulgence, while observing the spirit of proper preparation for Holy Communion. Daily Spiritual Communicants should also observe these rules, while varying their meditations, in order to promote ardor. Let us consider that dissipation brought on the Great Apostasy and it will take discipline to bring us back to the Catholic way of life.

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