In his book, “With Us Today: On the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist,” Fr. Hardon gives us 9 effects of Holy Communion produced in one who receives in a state of grace:
- Sustenance of Supernatural Life
- Promise of Bodily Resurrection from the Dead
- Remission of Venial Sins
- Protection Against Future Sins
- Curbs the Urges of Concupiscence
- Spiritual Joy
- Perseverance in Grace
- Growth in Supernatural Life
- Remission of Sin
Now, can anyone truly say that they get nothing out of Mass? And also, reasons why you want to make sure you are in a state of grace if you are to receive the Body and Blood of Christ.
This was written to Pope Francis in honor of his ordination by his grandmother. It is very beautiful and worthy of some reflection, perhaps particularly during a moment of silence before the tabernacle as we prepare ourselves for Lent, which is not too far away.
May these, my grandchildren, to whom I gave the best my heart has to offer, lead long and happy lives, but if one day hardship, illness, or the loss of a loved one should fill them with grief, may they remember that one sigh directed to the tabernacle, home to the greatest and most august martyr, and a glance toward Mary at the foot of the cross, may cause a soothing drop to fall on the deepest and most painful of wounds.
— Pope Francis: His Life in His Own Words