Wednesday, April 13, 2016
ISN'T THE DEVIL IN THE INTENTIONS? AND WHAT ABOUT OTHER HABITUAL SINS NO ONE OBSESSES ON?
He was a pastoral liberal. I consider myself the same as well. I am a traditionalist when it comes to the Liturgy, dogma and doctrines of the Church but in the messiness of life I try to cut people some slack. Only God is perfect and we can only reach that perfection ourselves through the Church because through the Church God makes us a part of Himself.
It might do us well to understand, especially as we enter the Bread of Life discourse in John's Gospel with our daily Easter Masses, that when we receive the Food of Holy Communion, Jesus doesn't become a part of us, no we become a part of Jesus or better yet, we are sustained in our having been grafted only by the grace of God onto the Vine that is our Lord.
Back to Fr. Groschell. He spoke of a young homosexual man who was very promiscuous. Promiscuity was his habitual sin. Yet he was also very religious having been brought up as a Catholic. He went to Mass each Sunday and he felt sorry for his sins, all of them, frequented confession regularly but still lived the lifestyle he had a hate/love relationship with because of its passing pleasure but ultimately quite empty and sterile.
Gradually, with the help of God, frequent Confessions and Holy Communion, he fell in love and settled down and lives a same sex relationship that is a far cry from his past.
Is Holy Communion to be denied to someone like this who goes to Church regularly and lives a just life filled with good works but his sexuality is the main part that is not perfected yet, yet his sexual relationship has elements of good in it?
Confession and Holy Communion as food for the sick, not just a reward for the virtuous and righteous, is not alien to Catholic thinking and theology. And to describe every Holy Communion received by an imperfect person who is sinful as a sacrilege is a bit much. The devil is in the intentions. If I receive Holy Communion in order to make a personal statement against the Church and her moral teachings or politicize Holy Communion by my reception--yes this is sacrilegious.
My only fear is unfairness when it comes to the application of "The Joy of Love" in local dioceses and parishes. It will very from priest to priest. That's not right. Of course, one size doesn't fit all. But I know from my own experience that there are Catholics who faithful to the letter of the law of the Church do not receive Holy Communion but apart from their supposed "adulterous or fornicatorous" relationships are more moral than 90% of the Catholics who do receive Holy Communion each Sunday.
I feel bad for them that they feel excluded from Holy Communion and Confession when others don't give a flip and do come forward with no public signs of irregularity or habitual sins but their lives actually filled with it.
We cut people slack who are habitual sinners with pornography and masturbation, fighting with their spouses and using angry, malicious words against them, being unfair to their family and co-workers and using bad language and bad example with others. But if they have a habitually sinful sex life and we know about it, the wrath of God is unleashed upon them and burdens placed upon them that we would not place upon these others. I'm speaking of people who go to Mass regularly in these irregular habitual sinful situations and refrain from Holy Communion but others who receive each time they attend Mass never having gone to Confession and the times they go to Holy Communion are only Easter, Christmas, Funerals and weddings.