[quote=Jabronie]Hi all. My girlfriend is a lifelong Lutheran (ELCA) and went to Mass with me for the first time this weekend. I’ve spent the last year clearing up a lot of misconceptions she has about our faith, but the one answer I can’t really give properly is this: Why she can’t receive Communion in our Church?
Now, I know the answer, but I can’t really come up with an answer for her without sounding condescending to her. It’s one of those things where she thinks that we don’t consider her “good enough” and I’m “too good” to take communion in her church.
Could you help me come up with a nice politically correct, touchy feely answer? My PR department isn’t always the best
Anyone who partakes of the Eucharist without “recognizing the body…eats and drinks judgement upon himself” as does anyone who receives “in an unworthy manner” says St Paul.
The analogy of the “marriage supper of the lamb” is very fitting.
Just as sexual activity is limited to the relationship between a man and woman in full communion - ie, married - the communion of the Eucharist - for adults -is limited to the relationship of being a fully-confirmed member of the Catholic Church.
Simply ask her this: Do you believe that the Eucharist is truly the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ? AND Have you been to Sacramental confession at least once in the last year? If the answer to EITHER is “No”, then out of respect for our beliefs, and out of respect/in compliance with her own faith, she should abstain.
If all this fails, simply tell her to quit whining - your conscience won’t permit you to allow her this grave error and close the discussion. Stand your ground when her pride rages back at you. This approach will save you a lot of time in effort in many future encounters with your potential spouse.