Has anyone beside me wondered why almost everyone goes to Communion at mass, no one holding back because he or she has not gone first to confession?

Confession out of style . . .

Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground

Yes. The last two previous popes have done so:

As John Paul II and Benedict XVI lamented, there is scant evidence in our communities of any awareness of the distinction between worthy and unworthy communions—one of the most basic lessons children used to be taught in their catechism class.

The way we were:

Children in those primitive “pre-Vatican II days” were taught to practice virtue and avoid mortal sin because they should desire to be able to receive the Lord and be ever more perfectly united to Him, until they reached the glory of heaven where they would possess Him forever. They were taught that if one received the Lord in a state of mortal sin, one committed a further and a worse sin.

Can you imagine Pope Francis talking this way?

They were taught that making a good confession, with sorrow for sin and an intention to avoid it…

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  • Margaret  On 05/02/2019 at 9:20 PM

    Marytown, the Franciscan friary, in Libertyville has Confession five days a week, morning and evening and there are always lines of people taking part. A reminder is in the Mass booklet about those who can properly receive the Sacrament.

    The Introit is chanted, Sanctus, Agnus Dei are sung, bells sound at the Consecration, incense is used, only male altar boys. Silence before and after Mass. Profound sense of Christ’s presence.


  • Jim Bowman  On 05/02/2019 at 10:31 PM

    Conventual Franciscans there, same as at St. Peter’s in the Loop and St. Ita’s on Broadway. And at St. Thomas of Centurbury a half mile to the south and now joined at the hip as one parish.. Those fellows pray.


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