Sacra Tridentina 3: Frequent Communion Assists in the Avoidance of Sin

The Eucharist is more than a reward for a believer without sin:

Moreover, the desire of Jesus Christ and of the Church that all the faithful should daily approach the sacred banquet is directed chiefly to this end, that the faithful, being united to God by means of the Sacrament, may thence derive strength to resist their sensual passions, to cleanse themselves from the stains of daily faults, and to avoid these graver sins to which human frailty is liable; so that its primary purpose is not that the honor and reverence due to our Lord may be safe-guarded, or that it may serve as a reward or recompense of virtue bestowed on the recipients. Hence the Holy Council calls the Eucharist “the antidote whereby we may be freed from daily faults and be preserved from mortal sin.”

More than a century after this document was issued, I still hear very little on this Tridentine principle.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to Sacra Tridentina 3: Frequent Communion Assists in the Avoidance of Sin

  1. Liam says:

    Indeed. Another reason I believe this revolution is important to recall; so much that is devalued in certain quarters has become a negative shibboleth that in practical terms ignores things like this.

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