Monday, June 26, 2006
Missionaries of Charity: Mother Teresa did not say that Communion in the hand is a sacrilege. She would never have contradicted the Church.
Vienna (www.kath.net)kath.net documents a writing from the Missionaries of Charity from last week:
"Mother Teresa did not say that Communion in the hand is a sacrilege. She would never have contradicted the Church.
She did encourage her sisters to receive Holy Communion on the tongue.
Please pray that the message of Mother Teresa through the work we are doing, may shine forth in the world of today, that "God still loves the world through you and through me today;" that the poorest of the poor, the unwanted, the lonely, the rejected and each one of us may know and experience how much God loves us personally.
God bless you and keep you in His Love.
Please kindly keep us in your prayers.
Sr. M. Elisabeth MC Missionaries of Charity
Thank you, Sister M. Elizabeth! I always felt in my heart that the report of Mother Teresa saying that it was wrong to receive Holy Communion in the hand was not her style, and anyway, dear friends, when the Church gives it's OK for something, I think we should swallow our pride and be docile and obedient to God's wishes . . . Which reminds me of a story from St. Faustina's diary "Divine Mercy In My Soul". One day as Sr. (St.) Faustina was kneeling for Communion, as the priest gave her the Host, It fell into her hands. She was upset until the Lord spoke to her in her heart and said, "I wanted to be in your hand as well as your heart." That was a good lesson for me!