Thought of the Day:

Putting Off Holy Communion


Listen

My Child, do not doubt your readiness to receive Me in Holy Communion. It is not necessary to have holy sentiments and devout feelings. just do the best you can, and come to Me. Follow the advice of wise counselors and lay aside all anxieties and scruples. Too much thinking can stop My grace from helping you. Reject all anxiety. It can take your attention away from Me, so that you no longer hear My voice within your soul.

Then again, avoid the other extreme of receiving Me without a reasonable preparation. I do not expect you to be perfect, but I do expect you to aim at perfection by doing your best. Be it ever so poor, if you are doing your best, I am pleased with you.

Some people are so half-hearted in dealing with Me that it makes little difference to them whether they receive Me or not. They think nothing of putting off Confession and Holy Communion. They are not particularly interested in coming closer to Me. Some of them deliberately stay away from Me, for fear of learning their obligations better. They do not want to change their ways too much. If they go to hell, it will be because they refused to let Me help them. Do your best, but be sure that you are not deceiving yourself. Do your real best, and fear neither man nor devil, for I am always with you.


Think

If I am wise I will follow this wonderful advice. As long as I am trying my best, I have no reason to be afraid or anxious. I can not afford to stay away from Christ in the Mass and in Holy Communion. It is dangerous to stay away from Him for any length of time. Then again I must guard against self-deception. He deserves my best. If I think of my own convenience and inconvenience, I will fail Christ and avoid His Will in many things. He knows and wants only what is best for me.


Pray

My Jesus, You went to the trouble of leaving me Your Holy Sacraments. In them You forgive my sins and give me greater wisdom and strength. I will not neglect this spiritual medicine and food. Nor will I do anything unworthy of these gifts, by carelessness or half-heartedness. With their help, I hope to overcome my faults and increase my virtues in daily life. Amen.


See you tomorrow with another thought!

Encyclical Letter "Laudato si'" of the Holy Father Francis on Care for Our Common Home, 2015/06/18!
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