A priest known for installing altar railings in his various assignments said this in a homily: “So, why do I do this everywhere I go? It started when I was a seminarian at the North America College in Rome. Mother Teresa of Calcutta came to visit and when time came for Holy Communion, she went first and knelt on the marble floor and received. We all looked at each other and went up and knelt to receive our blessed Lord. From that moment forward…”
The largest denomination in the US is fallen away Catholics. Why? Because we have forgotten what the Eucharist really is. If its only bread we are like pigs at a trough. If it is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ, then let’s act accordingly.”
My Comment: When Catholics cease to go to Mass or cease to be Catholic, is it because they believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist? No! They have lost their faith and so a non-sacramental Protestant denomination or no Church or denomination at all will do.
Does the manner in which the Mass is celebrated and Holy Communion is received have any effect on those who do receive and those who simply watch those who are receiving.
I know that the reverence and taboos that were taught to me when I was making my First Holy Communion and what I witnessed in my childhood from those who did receive was quite edifying a supported the Church's Faith about Holy Communion.
Can we say what we do today in the Normative Mass does the same or has it contributed to the malaise we have seen in Catholic participation and belief over the past 40 years? Just wondering.