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Sunday, September 08, 2013

The fruits of Holy Communion

If, as I suggested the other day, one way for the reception of Holy Communion to be more fruitful in the Church is to tell people who don't already know that "yes, there are fruits to be had from reception of Holy Communion, but since the Sacraments aren't magic, they require something from the recipient as well," the question arises, what are the fruits to be had?

Quoting from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 1391-1397,
The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus.

Communion with the flesh of the risen Christ, a flesh "given life and giving life through the Holy Spirit," preserves, increases, and renews the life of grace received at Baptism.

Holy Communion separates us from sin... the Eucharist cannot unite us to Christ without at the same time cleansing us from past sins and preserving us from future sins.

...the Eucharist strengthens our charity, which tends to be weakened in daily life; and this living charity wipes away venial sins.

...the Eucharist preserves us from future mortal sins.

Those who receive the Eucharist are united more closely to Christ. Through it Christ unites them to all the faithful in one body - the Church. Communion renews, strengthens, and deepens this incorporation into the Church, already achieved by Baptism.

The Eucharist commits us to the poor. To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest, his brethren.
If you are prepared for these things to happen in your life, and receive Communion as the means for them to happen, then they will happen.

On the other hand, if you aren't prepared for these things to happen in your life, then why are you receiving Communion?