Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Eucharist and Grace

Q - Last week at Catholicism 101 you talked about only receiving the Eucharist when you are in a state of grace.  Doesn't the Eucharist bring you into a state of grace?

A - Thanks for the question.  No, the Eucharist doesn't bring you into the state of grace.  This is for other Sacraments of the Church.  The first Sacrament received by a Christian is baptism.  This is what initially brings a person into the state of grace and therefore entry into the Church and into God's family.

If we fall from grace due to mortal sin, we can come back into the state of grace through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

To receive the Eucharist while in a state of mortal sin, and thus not in a state of grace, is to profane the Eucharist and is dangerous spiritually (see 1 Corinthians 11: 27-32).

For more about this topic, see these related posts:
-Mass can be boring. How can I go to Mass and get more out of it? 
-How is Jesus present in the Eucharist? Where do we find the teachings about this presence?
-Why Can't Non-Catholics Receive Communion?

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