The other day, I had a priest tell me that I should not avoid the Eucharist if I am in a state of addiction. I have heard this, but my immediate response was to think I had run into a liberal priest. I’m an extremely orthodox guy, and I also tell myself that this is not an addiction (but I have struggled with it for 8+ years now). I do remember reading that Fr. Benedict Groeschel has suggested that receiving the Eucharist should be encouraged when dealing with masturbation and such.
After Reconciliation with this priest, I started thinking about it more, and there is a certain problem that comes up when I strictly follow the rule: “Do not receive communion in a state of mortal sin.” It keeps me from going to daily mass when I am struggling, which gets me lower than usual. There are days that I am perfectly free and able to go to mass, but I choose not to out of fear that I will cave and receive the Eucharist in a state of mortal sin. This can lead to bad cycles. I believe that if I were to receive the Eucharist more often, it would help me with this addiction (if that is what it is).
What do you guys think? And I am not trying to justify receiving in a state of mortal sin. I just want help figuring out the right thing!