[quote=baltobetsy]He may think a little differently on this subject now, but the Church does not. He is right that the Eucharist strengthens us against sin, but to receive it unworthily is the worst kind of sin. To alleviate any confusion, worthy reception of the Eucharist forgives venial sins, but not mortal sins. See the Catechism of the Catholic Church, numbers 1394 and 1395.
You need to do three things:
- Get another confessor who will not confuse you as to what is sinful and what is not.
- **Get a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church ** and start reading.
- Pray a lot for this priest and others like him.
God bless you!
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is online. This online site has a search utility on it.
You can look at the Table of Contents, and from there click on the sections and pages that you want to read.
And you can type any word or phrase that you like in the text box on its home page, and it will bring up a list of the paragraphs in the Catechism where that word/phrase exists.
Or you can look up each paragraph number and then see what that one paragraph says.
Here’s the Table of Contents with Paragraph Number Ranges.
Those paragraphs, 1394 and 1395, are in the section for:
PART TWO - THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY
SECTION TWO: THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH
CHAPTER ONE: THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
ARTICLE 3: THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST
VI. The Pascal Banquet
I just did a search for paragraph 1394, and got this:
*1394 As bodily nourishment restores lost strength, so the Eucharist strengthens our charity, which tends to be weakened in daily life; and this living charity wipes away venial sins.231 By giving himself to us Christ revives our love and enables us to break our disordered attachments to creatures and root ourselves in him:
Since Christ died for us out of love, when we celebrate the memorial of his death at the moment of sacrifice we ask that love may be granted to us by the coming of the Holy Spirit. We humbly pray that in the strength of this love by which Christ willed to die for us, we, by receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, may be able to consider the world as crucified for us, and to be ourselves as crucified to the world. . . . Having received the gift of love, let us die to sin and live for God.232 *
I just did a search for paragraph 1395, and got this:
*1395 By the same charity that it enkindles in us, the Eucharist preserves us from future mortal sins. The more we share the life of Christ and progress in his friendship, the more difficult it is to break away from him by mortal sin. The Eucharist is not ordered to the forgiveness of mortal sins - that is proper to the sacrament of Reconciliation. The Eucharist is properly the sacrament of those who are in full communion with the Church. *
God bless those folks at St. Charles Borromeo Church who put this site of the entire Catechism as well as the search engine up!!
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