Permitting the Sacraments to be invalidly received is an unbelievable sacrilege October 13, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, episcopate, error, Eucharist, General Catholic, horror, Papa, reading, secularism, Society, SOD, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition.
For a bit of Catholic sanity, an excerpt from the late 1800s Catechism Explained on the unbelievable evil of invalid/sacrilegious reception of the Sacraments. This may be something of a water is wet revelation to most readers, but given what’s abroad in the Church today, I thought it not a bad reminder:
Due preparation must be made before receiving the Sacraments, in order to obtain the graces they convey.
Anyone who approaches the Sacraments of Baptism or Penance without a thorough change of heart, or who receives the other Sacraments in the state of mortal sin, commits the terrible sin of sacrilege and will not obtain the graces of the Holy Ghost until the hindrance to Grace has been removed [and the original sin and the sacrilege be confessed]
On this account, in the early ages of Christianity a two years’ probation was required before admission to Baptism, the object of this being to give the heathens time to reform their life. St. Peter in his preaching insisted on the necessity of penance and sincere conversion (Acts ii:38, iii:19). To this day the Church requires those who approach Holy Communion to go to Confession first. How reprehensible is the conduct of those who, from force of habit, or because of some special indulgence, go to Confession without purposing a serious amendment of life! “The Sacraments,” St. Augustine says, “are the salvation of those who use them aright, the damnation of those who misuse them.” That which is meat to the healthy is poison to the sick……..And if any one is so unhappy as to receive the one of the Sacraments sacrilegiously, he may yet participate in the grace of the Sacrament, if the obstacle to it be removed.
Why is changing practice regarding distributing the Blessed Sacrament to the divorced and civilly remarried wrong? Because it will pile sacrilege upon sacrilege, no matter what the discipline may pretend. It will only encourage the sins that lead to still more sacrilege. It is an attempt to turn the Church into a mockery of herself, into something very akin to the devil’s playground. I don’t think there could be any worse sacrilege than that.