Don’t take Holy Communion for granted

“If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion.” – St. Maximillian Kolbe

“It’s a slippery slope, I will admit, at times as a cradle Catholic to look at the Eucharist as a magic pill as opposed to why I am there. And the power of that magnificent Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus that is coming into my body, that He’s given for me!” said John Harper, host of Morning Air®.

Do you appreciate the beauty and mystery of the Holy Eucharist and the blessing of receiving the sacrament? We must fight the temptation to simply go through the motions and take for granted that God has given His very Body and Blood to nourish and save our souls.

“There is no food like this anywhere on earth or in heaven for that matter, too! It’s extremely powerful, but they’re not supernatural vitamins—they require a lot of the recipient for the Eucharist to unleash it’s power,” said Christopher Carstens on Morning Air. Carstens is the Director of the Office for Sacred Worship for the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, an instructor at Mundelein’s Liturgical Institute, editor of the Adoremus bulletin, and a voice on The Liturgy Guys podcast.

“I think the most amazing thing I remember hearing, and this came from Pope Benedict who cites St. Augustine. Saint Augustine imagines Jesus saying to him from the Eucharist, ‘I’m not like normal food that when you eat it kind of transforms into your own body’—so the donut you had this morning or the coffee is kind of filling up your bloodstream—what Jesus says to St. Augustine is that when you eat the Eucharist, ‘you change into Me’. But again, it’s so dependent on our disposition and our willingness to be transformed,” explained Carstens.

Lindsey is a wife, mother, and contributing author at Relevant Radio. She holds a degree in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lindsey enjoys writing, baking, and liturgical living with her young family.