Saturday, July 2, 2011

What happens when you miss one Holy Communion?

The following was shared by my friend Mary Jane.
It is well for you to consider what you lose every day that you pass up Holy Communion:

1. You miss a personal visit with Jesus, Author of all spiritual energy and all holiness;

2. You lose a special increase of sanctifying grace, which makes your soul more pleasing to God;

3. You lose a quota of sacramental grace which entitles you to special help in times of temptation and in the discharge of your special duties.

4. You miss the special preserving influence which each Holy Communion confers against the fires of passion;

5. You miss the opportunity of having remitted a part, or all, of the temporal punishments due to your sins;

6. You lose the spiritual joy, the sweetness and particular comfort that comes from a fervent Holy Communion.

7. You lose a part of the glory that your body might enjoy at its resurrection on the Last Day;

8. You lose the greater degree of glory you would possess in Heaven for all eternity;

9. You may lose:
a. Complete victory over some fault or passion;
b. Some particular grace long prayed for;
c. The conversion or salvation of some soul;
d. Deliverance of a relative or friend from Purgatory
e. Many graces for others, both the living and the dead.

What riches hundreds of thousands of Catholics deprive themselves daily by neglecting Mass. It in itself is the best preparation for Holy Communion. At the hour of death our greatest consolation will be the Masses we have heard and the Holy Communions received.


  1. Thanks for this post. Each Mass is Heaven on earth. What an amazing privilege and grace He gives us in the Eucharist! Thanks for the reminder of the graces we and others receive when we receive Him in this Sacrament.

  2. Kathryn, Holy Communion really is an amazing privilege that no one should ever take for granted.

  3. Thank you Esther. It made me grateful that I did not skip daily Mass today.
    God bless!

  4. Esther, thank you for listing all of the reasons we should take Holy Communion! God Bless!

  5. Great post on the Eucharist, Esther. This list will help motivate me on those lazy days when I'm tempted to skip daily Mass :)

  6. Thank you, I do need to go to daily mass but I'm struggling to even make my Sunday obligation. I ask your prayers for strength.