According to Roman Catholicism, you can receive “spiritual communion” even when you don’t take actual, physical communion. That is, if you desire to receive the sacrament, that is almost as good as actually receiving it. I learned this seeming bit of Gnosticism from a post by Nicholas Frankovich as part of the discussion about whether or not divorced and remarried Catholics should be allowed to receive the Sacrament.
Note too, in the excerpt after the jump, that whereas Lutherans believe that the Body and Blood of Christ are given and received specifically for the forgiveness of sins, Roman Catholics believe that sinners must not receive them. More evidence that Lutherans actually have a higher view of the Sacraments than Catholics do! [Read more...]