I was struck by this picture of NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio at St. Patricks Cathedral during Communion yesterday. It is clear from this picture Hizzoner has done his homework and knows how to be respectful to the Church’s teachings. While he was baptized a Catholic, Mayor DeBlasio does not practice the faith.
When we are not practicing our faith, or when we are not in Communion with the Church’s teachings we should not present ourselves for Holy Communion. If we find ourselves in that situation, we can either remain in our pew, or if we feel compelled to, present ourselves to the priest with arms folded over our chests. This posture is the signal to the priest that you are asking just for a blessing.
Let this be a reminder to all others who find themselves in a similar situation: this is how it’s done.