There are thousands of articles explaining “how to receive communion,” and thousands more explaining who may receive communion. But there are few articles about how to not receive the Eucharist.
Notice I say “receive the Eucharist.” I hate the phrase “receive communion.” Communion is not a thing to be received, but a condition at which to arrive. Catholics participate in the Eucharist, through which we attain communion—with God, the Saints, the Church, and with our fellow Christians—by receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The Eucharist is not a vapid symbol of grace and universal brotherhood; it is the immediate,

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