[quote=elgom]While reading this thread I thought I was going to cry. My husband is not a Catholic and he attends Mass with me a few times a year. When he attends he knows he can not receive communion. This has always been a sore spot for him because he also knows that Catholics who are not in a “State of Grace” shouldn’t be receiving either. (I am not accusing anyone here, been there, done that, never going to do that again however.)He and I have had numerous discussions about this topic over the 24 years we have been married and he just feels plain insulted.
But I have told him that if we trully “love” someone then we wouldn’t want them to do anything that would put their mortal soul in danger. I told him if he believes Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist and is willing to step out and delare that he believes and will follow all** of the church teachings** then he needs to go to RCIA. In RCIA he will learn and be catechised the way the Apostles required everyone to learn who wanted to be admitted to the Church and in particular the Eucharistic celebration.
We need to be very careful here because no matter what anyone says we are not in Communion with each other. For a protestant to receive communion is for him to “lie” as he is receiving it. He doesn’t believe or even desire to believe the teachings of the Church that Jesus Christ himself founded. He is a protestant which means “one who protests” the teachings of Jesus.
Because I really Love my husband and want to be with him in heaven someday I would never allow him to receive the Lord without him being in Communion with the Church he gave us.
When I say this I am not judging the worthiness or unworthiness of my husband’s soul. But because he has never had the opportunity for sacramental confession he may not even know the state of his soul. I don’t think we should be playing Russian Roulette here with others souls. We need to be very firm about this. It is very important. Our Lord loves all of these people, and it is our responsibility and we had better take it more seriously to protect these separated sheep from the serious sin of sacriledge.
St. Paul is very clear about eating and drinking of the body and blood of Jesus unworthily…all of our separated brothers and sisters should respect this believe of ours with “fear and trembling”.
Perhaps we need a link in here about Eucharistic Miracles. What is God telling us here!
When I go to other churches, i.e. a wedding or something and they invite everyone up to their communion …I never go or allow the children to go. We would be telling a lie. We don’t believe that Jesus is trully present in their Eucharist. We would also be saying that we don’t believe that he is present on our altar and we would be disrespecting him if we did receive. All of this takes great courage sometimes because people are always misunderstanding our actions and are mad at us. But that’s what Jesus told us would happen to us.
God bless everyone who reads this post and I pray that if you are Protestant you will respect our beliefs. We do not keep you from communion for any other reason than that we really love you. Please also respect our beliefs and realize that when we are present in your churches for celebrations and do not take communion we mean no insult and we ask only your respect even though you may not understand.
you tell him for me… it’s not a question of worthyness… he is as worthy as anyone… he just doesn’t believe all the church teaches and professes (i assume, or he would be catholic)… I wish you peace and happiness… and i hope one day he joins us in communion as well as prayer…