This provocative question is the subject of an excellent posting on the Archdioceses of Washington website by Msgr. Charles Pope. Excerpts below, but the whole posting is well worth the read.

Some people put more faith in Tylenol than they do in Holy Communion. That’s because when they take Tylenol they expect something to happen. But many people don’t really expect anything to happen when they receive Holy Communion.


Sadly, expectations are very low among the people of God. The blame can begin with the clergy who have not often taught the faithful to expect dramatic conversion of any kind let alone from receiving Holy Communion. But the blame does not end with the clergy. The fact is low expectations can sometimes be developed as a kind of strategy by many who fear change and see authentic conversion and true holiness as a fearful thing or as requiring just too much of what they would rather not surrender. And so expectations remain low, perhaps out of ignorance or perhaps out of fear and aversion.

On this Feast of Corpus Christi, What do you expect from receiving the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in Communion?

I am blessed to be part of a parish that began this feast of Corpus Christi with Mass at 5PM, followed by a Eucharistic procession through the streets of town in 90+ degree heat, followed by the start of a Novena to Saint Anthony. I would estimate that over a thousand people stayed through all three events. The leader of our Novena is a Redemptorist Priest who reflected on Saint John Neumann, concluding that “He was a short man, but I imagine he is jumping up and down with joy over the love shown to our Lord in the Eucharist.

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