At a place where I go to mass we use actual bread for the Eucharist as opposed to wafers.
Unfortunately, one of the disadvantages of using real bread is that it is very easy for there to be crumbs that fall over the place during communion.
There have been multiple times where there have been crumbs that fall on the carpet at these masses. I sit in the front, so it’s very easy for me to see them. I usually notice it after everyone has received and we are waiting for the alter to be cleared.
Now I usually get reeeeeally scrupulous about this. The reason is because of the fact that, while it is very easy for me to simply pick up the crumbs myself and either eat them or give them to the priest, the fact of the matter is that 1) I get so incredibly frustrated that the EMHC’s and the priests are not more careful about this and 2) I get scrupulous about whether I picked up all the crumbs or not. There are usually other substances in the carpet that I sometimes mistake for crumbs, and it is very hard for me to distinguish between what is and what is not actual Eucharist (especially since it falls into a carpet-like material). So I end up scrupling over everything and feeling like I might sin if I don’t do a somewhat-thorough “inspection” of the carpet after mass.
My question is this: how much of a moral obligation do I have in this matter? Should I just stop sitting in the front so that I don’t see this? Should I just pick up stuff that is obviously the Eucharist and not scruple about other “particles”? Please help :shrug: