Based on the volume of discussion the AOTM post generated it is a topic many of you are thinking about. I want to ask some related questions.
1. An excerpt from the Catholic answers tract on communion has this to say;
"Out of habit and out of fear of what those around them will think if they do not receive Communion, some Catholics, in a state of mortal sin, choose to go forward and offend God rather than stay in the pew while others receive the Eucharist. The Church’s ancient teaching on this particular matter is expressed in the Didache, an early Christian document written around A.D. 70, which states: "Whosoever is holy [i.e., in a state of sanctifying grace], let him approach. Whosoever is not, let him repent" (Didache 10). " Under what circumstances would you not receive the Eucharist as a matter of conscience?
2. Do you perform a daily or frequent examination of conscience? I ask this because I think it would be very difficult to keep track of ones "state" if some sort of examination is not performed at least several times a week. I know this from experience. I find nightly examinations difficult for many reasons though I suspect the primary reason is because my flesh (sarx) detests it.
I ask these questions because I am guilty of receiving the Eucharist unworthily. I have justifyed it by saying I will confess this sin next time, or worse that I made an act of contrition just 30 mins ago so I am "ok".
It is my intention to amend these behaviors by continuing to struggle with examinations and frequent confession.