In those who receive it with dignity and devotion, the Holy Eucharist produces the following effects:
It increases sanctifying grace and the fervor of charity: just as food supports and increases the life of the body, so the Holy Eucharist preserves and increases grace which is the life of the soul;
It forgives venial sins;
It is of great help for final perseverance: by diminishing concupiscence, preserving from mortal sin, strengthening the soul in the practice of good works, and producing spiritual consolation.
To receive communion with devotion, one must prepare oneself carefully and then make a suitable act of thanksgiving.
Before receiving communion, under penalty of serious sin, one must be fasting. We must respect the law of the Eucharistic fast before approaching the holy table.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, on April 11, 2019, published a 12-page text in the monthly German magazine Kerusblatt. In it, he gives his opinions regarding the scandals in the Church, on the grave crisis that they are causing,...
As if to say goodnight, with a richer hue,
The dying day paints on the holy cathedral,
Sketching out in broad strokes, the fiery horizon;
And the twin towers, those hymns of stone,