|(Dominican Monastery of the Mother|
of God, W. Springfield, MA)
Consider what you lose when you miss one Holy Communion: – You lose a special increase in sanctifying grace, that grace which makes your soul more pleasing to God. You lose the sacramental grace which entitles you to special help in the time of temptation and in the discharge of your duties. You lose a precious opportunity of having all your venial sins wiped away. You miss the special preserving influence which each Holy Communion confers against the fires of passion. You miss the opportunity of obtaining remission of a part or of all the temporal punishment due to your sins. You lose the spiritual joy, the sweetness, and the particular comfort that come from a fervent Holy Communion. You miss a personal visit with Jesus, the Author of all spiritual energy and of all holiness. You lose a greater degree of glory that would be yours in Heaven for all eternity. You may lose: complete victory over some fault or passion; some particular grace long prayed for; the conversion or salvation of some soul; the deliverance of a relative or friend from Purgatory; many graces for others, both the living and the dead.
(From A Novena of Holy Communions by Father Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D.)