The Holy Eucharist
Too many Catholics don't believe in the real presence of Jesus, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. Therefore, we continue our series on the Eucharist, bringing you a few more capsule paragraphs from both the new Catechism of the Catholic Church and the old Baltimore Catechism to confirm this.
No. 1414 to 1417, pages 356 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Libreria Editrice Vaticana: Urbi Et Orbi Communications:
As sacrifice, the Eucharist is also offered in reparation for the
sins of the living and the dead and to obtain spiritual or temporal
benefits from God.
Anyone who desires to receive Christ in Eucharistic communion must be
in a state of grace. Anyone aware of having sinned mortally must not
receive communion without having received absolution in the sacrament of
Communion with the Body and Blood of Christ increases the
communicantís union with the Lord, forgives his venial sins, and preserves
him from grave sins. Since receiving this sacrament strengthens the bonds
of charity between the communicant and Christ, it also reinforces the unity
of the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ.
The Church warmly recommends that the faithful receive Holy Communion each time they participate in the celebration of the Eucharist; she obliges
them to do so at least once a year.
From the Baltimore Catechism No. 3; Benziger Brothers, Inc and Tan Books
and Publishers, Inc. No. 898, 899, 901, 903 and 904 pages 191, 192, and 193
Q: What is Holy Communion?
A: Holy Communion is the receiving of the body and blood of Christ.
Q: Is it not beneath the dignity of Our Lord to enter our bodies under the appearance of ordinary food?
A: It is not beneath the dignity of Our Lord to enter our bodies under the appearance of ordinary food any more than it was beneath His dignity to enter the body of His Blessed Mother and remain there as an ordinary child for nine months. Christ's dignity, being infinite, can never be diminished by any act on His own or on our part.
Q: What is necessary to make a good Communion?
A: To make a good Communion it is necessary to be in the state of sanctifying grace and to fast according to the laws of the Church.
Q: Does he who receives Communion in mortal sin receive the body and blood of Christ?
A: He who receives Communion in mortal sin receives the body and blood of Christ, but does not receive His grace, and commits a great sacrilege.
Q: Is it enough to be free from mortal sin to receive plentifully the graces of Holy Communion?
A: To receive plentifully the graces of Holy Communion it is not enough to be free from mortal sin, but we should be free from all affection to venial sin, and should make acts of lively faith, of firm hope, and ardent love.