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“FREQUENT COMMUNION IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE DESIRE TO SHINE, WITH VANITY…”

12 Aug

“WHY WE DO NOT COMMUNICATE MORE FREQUENTLY

It is solely because frequent communion obliges us to live a more recollected life and to detach ourselves more thoroughly from the things of earth. Yes, this is the true reason why we do not communicate oftener.

THE TRUE REASON

We know that frequent communion is not compatible with the desire to shine, with vanity in our habits, and sensuality at our tables, with love of ease and convenience and worldly and frivolous conversation; that, on the contrary, it demands more prayer, more mortification, both interior and exterior, and more retirement from the world. We know all that, and that is why we have not the courage to communicate more frequently.

No doubt, we do well not to approach the Holy Table frequently while we are in this lamentable state of tepidity. But the rising from this state of lukewarmness is precisely the most urgent duty of all souls, who, called to a life of greater perfection, would otherwise seriously imperil their eternal salvation.”
– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

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