Father Lacordaire, who then was the director of a college which he had founded, was once asked, on the eve of a festival, for an important purpose, to remain overnight in Paris.
I cannot, he replied, it might cause some of my young people, who are preparing for to-morrow’s festival, to miss their confessions. The effect of the loss of even one communion on the life of a soul, is incalculable, he added, in a serious tone.
And he travelled a hundred miles in order not to deprive his spiritual children of his fatherly care.
What a forcible expression: The effect of the loss of even one communion on the life of a soul is incalculable! Satan well knows the effect, and that is why he makes every effort to keep people from the Holy Table.
– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin 1889