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Cathy C. wrote:

Hi, guys —

Lately, I feel like I should not be receiving Holy Communion. I have done an examination of conscience and cannot find out why I feel this way.

  • Do you have you any idea what could be going on?

Cathy

  { Can you tell me what is going on seeing I feel that I should not be receiving Holy Communion? }

Eric replied:

Hi Cathy,

If you truly come up empty when you examine yourself for sins (whether they seem mortal or not), and are truly at a loss for a sin, that would explain this; don't worry.

We base our faith not on what we feel, but on objective facts. If your conscience is totally clear, there is no reason to believe you are not worthy to receive Communion. If you have some sin that you're not sure about, that you haven't confessed, then try repenting of and confessing that, but it is possible you're just in a strange psychological state.

You don't have to reply to this, but consider whether you feel unworthy in other aspects of your life. If so, you may be depressed or experiencing anxiety and a trip to a therapist or psychiatrist may be in order.

You may want to talk to your local priest; he can better explore this with you.

Hope this helps,

Eric

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