[quote=Della]I believe you are saying too much about the Eucharist here. After all, there are devout Catholics who cannot receive it for valid reasons, but they aren’t deprived of the life of Christ because of that. What is required is belief in the Real Presence, to be willing to receive if possible. It is baptism that confers regenerative grace in our souls, and the Sacraments keep us in that grace, you see. But, I understand what you mean. Separation from full communion with the Church should not be desirable or an option for those who have come to believe the truths of the faith.
I don’t wish to start an argument about this, but I find it interesting that you should say that. As Catholics, we believe that the Eucharist becomes the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ. How is it possible to say “too much” about it? Of what use is the mass, priesthood, or Sacraments without it? (HIM) Also, I do not know of any devout Catholic who, because of whatever condition or handicap they may have, having never recieved it, at any time in thier life, in any fashion. (Which opens up a question… Does one need to recieve the Eucharist only once in thier life, or repeatedly.)
But in your answer, you mention the necessity of belief in the Real Presence. This goes to the heart of my question. Most Protestant denominations view the Bread and Wine in a symbolic manner. They do not view it as His body and blood, at least not as intimately as Caholics do. If the church discourages potential converts from entering the church, they are not only denying them access to the Eucharist but they are also, in essence, encouraging these people to continue to look upon the body and blood of Christ as mere symbols.
If we as Catholics truly believe in the Body and Blood of Christ, by what reason are we justified in discouraging someone from receiving Him?