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" "In the first place it should be known that if a person is seeking God, his beloved is seeking him much more." — St. John of the Cross

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sacrilege Should Not Be Suffered in Silence

No one should ever encourage, facilitate or condone sacrilege.

 "Real sacrilege," according to the Catholic Encyclopedia,  "is the irreverent treatment of sacred things" and "can happen" by the reception of Holy Communion "in the state of mortal sin". Such "irreverence towards the Holy Eucharist is reputed the worst of all sacrileges".

It follows then that if we care about the salvation of souls, we would instruct and fraternally correct the ignorant [the thousands who come to Mass only once or twice a year, as well as those public figures who by their conduct and words reject the teachings of Christ's Church] who approach our Eucharistic Lord in a state of mortal sin.

Such conduct is an insult to and causes unspeakable pain and suffering to our Loving and merciful Lord. If left unconfessed, eternal damnation is the penalty for those who commit such a sacrilege and for those charged with the duty of teaching and saving such souls but who refuse to do so and thereby silently facilitate their sin.

This is such an unnecessary and egregious sin, since all of us sinners  have available the gift of mercy and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation through which our sins are forgiven and our souls cleansed.

Why then cause our Lord so much pain here and guarantee unspeakable torture and loss of His love in eternity?

How insane and unloving it is to remain silent about such sacrileges during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Our loving and merciful Lord minced no words on this subject when he told St. Bridget:

Better a few "hurt feelings" now than a multitude of tortured souls suffering for all eternity.

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