What is the cause of loss of faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist within the ranks of Catholics? There are probably numerous reasons - even reasons that are hidden by the veil that separates us from the mystical. May I propose one possibility…most Catholics receive Jesus in the hand while standing. We have lost our sense of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament.
I am fortunate to attend daily Mass at a church that still has a Communion rail and forbids receiving the host in the hand. This church consistently cranks out vocations to the priesthood and religious life and has a solid base of people very strong in their Catholic faith. Is there a connection here? I believe so.
I personally receive Communion kneeling and on my tongue, regardless of what Catholic Church I am at. I have had two experiences I would like to share: once when going up for Communion, I knelt - the Priest gave me Communion, and then, laid his hand on my head and said “God Bless you sir!” - he had tears in his eyes and was clearly moved by the sign of reverence; at a different parish which I was unfamiliar with, I made sure I was the last person in the line so as not to disrupt anything - the Priest refused to give me Communion until I stood up - to make matters worse, he told me to come and see him after Mass. I did go and see him, but out of respect and humility, I didn’t make a scene. Incidently, this second parish is known for it’s support of women’s ordinations and homosexual unions - I didn’t know it at the time.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta stated, “Wherever I go in the whole world, the thing that makes me the saddest is watching people receive Communion in the hand.”
As stated in the Divine Praises, Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrifice of the altar!