I know this has been posted before, but I cannot find the recent post I need.
I had been perusing the forum before re-joining, and I came across a topic regarding non-Catholics in the communion line. It seemed like a hot-button issue with some. Several people were adamant that if you are not receiving the Eucharist, you better STAY IN THE PEW. I felt embarrassed because I had been going up with my arms crossed for over a year. (I am waiting on a few things before I can get baptized). Apparently I was double-dipping, and getting two blessings! People were stating that everyone gets a blessing at the end of Mass, so there is no need to gum up the communion line by going up with your arms crossed. I didn’t realize some Catholics felt so strongly about it. Therefore, I stopped going up with my arms crossed.
This past weekend, I decided to ask my priest his opinion on the matter. I asked him if he gets annoyed when people come up with their arms crossed since it’s not liturgically correct. He smiled and said he doesn’t mind, and it is completely up to the person whether or not they want to come up. I then brought up the comments about getting 2 blessings. He laughed and said you aren’t getting a blessing during communion. They don’t give blessings during that time. He said what is happening, is the priest or deacon is telling you to basically accept the Lord into your heart, and that is called “spiritual communion.” Therefore, there is no redundancy of blessings.
I wish I would’ve asked him sooner. So if there are any other soon-to-be-converts who felt ashamed after reading how some people feel about us going up with our arms crossed, please know that it’s perfectly fine, and spiritual communion is real and was important to many saints, including St. John Paul II. I have attached an article regarding spiritual communion.