Vienna,,Austria.,2020-07-29.,Fresco,Depicting,Catholic,Clergy,Of,All,Ranks,

Preparation For The Eucharist

In The Blessed Eucharist, Father Michael Mueller illuminates the beatific reality of the Mass, explaining why Our Lord veils His Divinity behind the appearance of bread and wine. Fr. Mueller shares Eucharistic miracles, meditations, and grounded philosophy with the reader to open their eyes to the treasure of the Most Blessed Sacrament. 


In order to receive the abundant fruits of the Holy Eucharist, a certain cooperation is required on the part of the receiver—not indeed that the efficacy of the Sacrament considered in itself depends at all on the recipient (this efficacy it has entirely from God)—but because its salutary effects in each particular case depend upon the disposition with which it is received. The cooperation which is required on our part consists in general in approaching it with a sincere desire to receive the graces which are imparted through it, and afterward, in turning them carefully to account. In order to obtain this disposition, it is advisable to devote some time before and after Communion to preparation and thanksgiving.

State Of Grace

When speaking of preparation for Communion, the previous qualification of being in the state of grace is always pre-supposed. It is related of the Emperor Frederic that, having on one occasion gone to visit a nobleman at his own castle, he was received into an apartment which was thickly hung with cobwebs; whereupon, being transported with rage, he immediately left the house, exclaiming: “This room is better fitted for a dog-kennel than for the chamber of an emperor!”

How much more justly might Jesus Christ feel indignant at being received into a soul defiled with mortal sin? “He Whose eyes are pure and cannot behold iniquity!” Accordingly, St. Paul teaches us that we must prove ourselves before we eat of the Body of the Lord, meaning thereby that, if upon examination we find ourselves guilty of any grievous sin, we should cleanse our conscience by a good Confession.

Full Freedom Of Heart

The first step in our preparation for Communion, after we have been reconciled to God, is an habitual effort to please Him. It is, moreover, carefully to be noticed that, in order to receive the full extent of grace attached to this Sacrament, our hearts must be free from all inordinate affections. 

St. Gertrude on one occasion asked Our Lord how she ought to prepare for Holy Communion, and He replied: “I ask nothing more than that you should come with an empty heart.”

Fast Before Communion

There is also another disposition which is always pre-supposed, pertaining to the body, No one can receive the Flesh of Christ unless he be fasting, that is to say, unless he has abstained from eating or drinking anything whatsoever (with the exception of water or medicine) from one hour before Communion, the only exception to this rule being when the Holy Communion is administered to the dying by way of Viaticum. 

Why We Prepare Our Body And Soul For Communion

How diligently ought we to consider what we are about to do when we appear at the table of the great King of Heaven and earth to feed on the Flesh of His beloved Son! This reflection, so natural and obvious, is sufficient to show us the propriety of some actual preparation for Communion. 

To this, I will add another reflection to show its great utility. It is in the highest degree advantageous to prepare ourselves for Holy Communion because the fruit it produces depends on the disposition with which we receive it. Divines use the following figure in illustration: As wood that is not seasoned will not burn well because the moisture that is in it resists the action of the fire, so the heart which is full of earthly affections is not in a fit state to be enkindled with the living fire of Divine Love by means of this Holy Sacrament.

This article is taken from a chapter in The Blessed Eucharist: Our Greatest Treasure by Fr. Michael Mueller, which is available from TAN Books

Share:

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
LinkedIn
Articles

Related Posts

Discover the importance of humility as the Queen of Virtues on Humility of Heart. Learn how to cultivate humility towards superiors, equals, and inferiors for spiritual growth.

Cultivating Humility Towards Others

Humility is regarded among the saints as the Queen of Virtues, who is essential for salvation and leads us to all other virtues. Humility of Heart beautifully introduces this virtue to readers and offers consoling instruction on living with humility. This excerpt focuses on cultivating humility towards our superiors, equals, and inferiors.

Read More »
Discover the importance of humility as the Queen of Virtues on Humility of Heart. Learn how to cultivate humility towards superiors, equals, and inferiors for spiritual growth.

The Heart Of Jesus In The Blessed Sacrament

As Catholics, we believe that Our Lord is fully present in the Eucharist. But how few of us take the time to spend time with Him in the Sacrament of His Love? Taken from Visits to the Blessed Sacrament, Saint Alphonsus Liguori discusses how much Jesus Christ longs for our visit and the example of saints who devoted their lives to adoring the Blessed Sacrament.

Read More »
Discover the authority, strength, and wisdom of the Heavenly Host with A Year With the Angels. Join Mike Aquilina in meditation and prayer to explore the virtue, grace, and truth embodied by these celestial beings who stand before the throne of God.

The Wisdom Of Angels

A Year With the Angels invites you to discover the authority, strength, and wisdom of the Heavenly Host, who embody virtue, grace, and truth because they stand before the very throne of God. In this excerpt, join Mike Aquilina in meditation and prayer on the wisdom of the angels. 

Read More »
In the pursuit of holiness, expect opposition from the world. Saint Francis de Sales advises us to remain unwavering in our resolutions, standing strong against threats, insults, and assaults. Discover the courage to face adversity and stay true to your devout path.

In The World, But Not Of It

When we pursue the devout life, Saint Francis de Sales warns that the world will cast threats, insults, and assaults upon us of every kind. Here, de Sales reminds us that when the world mocks us in our pursuit of holiness, we must stand firmly rooted in our resolutions.

Read More »