Ash Wednesday I was late for noon mass and ended up in the vestibule, so I could see who was going up for Holy Communion. I noticed Senate President Peter Courtney, known as a NARAL supporter, going up the center aisle.
I watched and he was given Our Lord in the Eucharist and went back to his seat.
I have known him and his position for twenty-five years since our children went to first grade together but maybe he had changed his position. To avoid assumption, as he was leaving, I held out my hand which he hesitantly took, saying, "Hello Peter, do you still support abortion rights?"..."yes, I do."
My next question was...."Then why did you just receive Communion?" As he pulled his hand away, and hurriedly left, I followed him and asked, "Why did you put Father in such a position? ....Why are you bringing scandal to others."
He walked back to the Capitol. I told the priest that he hadn't changed his ways.
To not speak to Peter Courtney would have been a sin of omission for me. We need to protect the Lord and the person.
Some clerics say that "they would never withhold" Holy Communion from anyone, but it that a loving thing to do?
When we joined the Church, we weren't allowed to Receive and were even taken out of Church before the Liturgy of the Eucharist began. This lasted from November until April. There was pain involved but a chance to learn and love the Source and Summit of our Faith. It was a loving act for us not participate until we were in union with the Church.
After the Ash Wednesday event, it became very clear to me, that for a priest to give Our Lord, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity to someone like Peter Courtney, is actually giving him POISON. To say, "oh he/she might have changed their mind" isn't enough anymore. They need to read the Holy Scriptures and not condemn themselves by giving them Holy Communion...it's very clear.
Our Lord can bring Grace to those who receive "worthily" and a curse/poison to those who receive "unworthily". Politicians who have changed their minds on abortion need to publicly announce their conversion, since their abortion views were known publicly and they used their political power to kill children through abortion.
The laity has to be open for the Lord to ask US to protect our brothers and sisters in Christ, both laity and religious. To have these "opportunities" and not act is a sin of omission. Just open your mouths and He'll give you the words, it's scary, only when you think about it and let doubt/Satan creep in.
I Corinthians 11
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord.
A person should examine himself,
13 and so eat the bread and drink the cup.
For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment 14 on himself.
That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying.