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THE FRUITS OF HOLY COMMUNION

My son Colby will receive his First Communion on May 2. Being the father of 3, the uncle of 30, and having friends with children in the same age bracket of my son; my family will attend five First Communions this year. As "First Communion Season" has begun, I thought I would take this week's post to remind all of us of the fruits of Holy Communion from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

 

  • "Holy Communion augments our union with Christ. The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus." (CCC 1391)
  • "Holy Communion separates us from sin. The body of Christ we receive in Holy Communion is ‘given up for us,’ and the blood we drink ‘shed for the many for the forgiveness of sins.’ For this reason the Eucharist cannot unite us to Christ without at the same time cleansing us from past sins and preserving us from future sins." (CCC 1393)
  • "By the same charity that it enkindles in us, the Eucharist preserves us from future mortal sins. The more we share the life of Christ and progress in his friendship, the more difficult it is to break away from him by mortal sin." (CCC 1395)
  • "The unity of the Mystical Body: the Eucharist makes the Church. 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." (CCC 1396)
  • "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." (CCC 1397)
  • "The Eucharist and the unity of Christians. Before the greatness of this mystery St. Augustine exclaims, 'O sacrament of devotion! O sign of unity! O bond of charity!' The more painful the experience of the divisions in the Church which break the common participation in the table of the Lord, the more urgent are our prayers to the Lord that the time of complete unity among all who believe in him may return." (CCC 1398)

As we prepare ourselves to receive the Eucharist this weekend may we remember that we not only receive the Lord but we are called to be in union with Christ, move away from sin, actively participate in the Church, serve the poor in spirit and resources, and pray for the unity of all Christians.

 

 

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