I have known for a long time that I’m allergic to gluten. However, even though I eliminated all forms of it that I was aware of, I continued to receive communion. How could I POSSIBLY deprive myself of the Body of the Lord even though I was hurting my own body by receiving it? Recently, I read in the local Catholic newspaper, of the development by an order of nuns, of a low-gluen wafer that was supposed to be approved by the church that has only a tiny amount of wheat, 100th part I think, in it. My pastor ordered some and I have been receiving it at Mass since Easter.
I have no problem firmly believing that the regular consecrated all-wheat host is really Jesus, body, blood, soul, and divinity. But, in the back of my mind lurks this little whisper (could it be the devil or just my own scrupulous nature?) that says when I receive the low-gluten consecrated host, I’m not really receiving Jesus, no matter how much I believe I am. I have known for a long time that the only approved substances in the wafer are wheat and water. Has that rule changed at all for us poor souls who are allergic to wheat? Please help me; I’m going crazy. Is it really Him or not?