It is evident that for several decades now there has been a crisis in Catechesis, that is, in the teaching of the faith. In my experience, including myself at some point, many of us do not know such important precepts that are indispensable that as Catholics we must know.
In this article you will find 10 truths that many Catholics have forgotten, and that are necessary to really live our faith as Christ commands us, and thereby obtain eternal salvation. Remember that all these requirements are for our good, since the Catholic Church, for the love of its members, seeks, desires and watches over the salvation of its members.
1. We must say in confession the number of times we have committed a mortal sin.
The vast majority of people in my country (at least) do not know this, and only confess what mortal sin they committed. However, the sacrament of confession also requires confessing the number of times a mortal sin was committed. If the exact number is not known, an estimate must be made (example: 3 times per week, for 1 month). This is with the aim that the priest has an idea of how deeply rooted a vice is in us, and based on this we can advise ourselves to improve.
2. We can only receive communion in a state of grace.
We can only receive communion in a state of grace; that is, free from mortal sin. Remember that a mortal sin has 3 elements, being necessary the presence of all of them: 1) serious matter, 2) full consent, 3) full knowledge.
No Protestant or member of another religion or sect is allowed to communicate if he attends a Mass; Only a baptized Catholic with the necessary preparation to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist can do it.
3. We must confess at least once a year.
This is one of the commandments of the Holy Mother Church, which obliges us to confess all our mortal sins, well done, at least once a year.
4. We must receive Communion at least once a year during the Easter season.
Applies to Catholics after they have made their First Communion. This too is one of the commandments of the Holy Mother Church. The liturgical calendar of each year is divided into different periods. The Paschal time constitutes the period between Easter Sunday and Pentecost.
5. We must attend Mass every Sunday and hear the entire Mass.
To fulfill our obligation to go to Mass every Sunday, it is necessary to listen to the entire Mass. Ideally, arrive early.
There is no official document that determines before which part of the Mass it is necessary to arrive at the temple so that it can still count as a Mass that complies with the obligation to attend on Sunday. However, some priests comment that the latest it is permissible to arrive, it is before the offertory, and others say that it is before the readings; otherwise, the Mass will not comply with our precept to go to Sunday, and we will have to go to another one.
Nor will it count if we leave the temple during the time of consecration, despite having been inside for the rest of the Mass, nor if we arrive before the gospel and leave after communion.
Failure to attend mass on Sundays without a serious reason to justify it is a mortal sin.
6. To receive Communion, (apart from being free from mortal sin and having heard the entire Mass) we must fast from solid food for at least an hour before receiving the Holy Eucharist.
7. We can not hide sins during Confession.
The confession must be complete. To conceal a mortal sin voluntarily is a sacrilege, and it is a very serious sin, which invalidates our confession (although we have confessed other sins) and adds another new sin. In case of incurring this, we must confess again, It may be tempting to hide sins because of shame, but it is a trap of the devil, who only wants our condemnation. Let us be humble and confess all our sins, and remember that the priests have heard all kinds of sins, even the most serious ones; they will not be surprised at anything we can say to them, and they do not judge us, but they are in representation of Jesus and of his mercy before the repentant sinner.
If we forget to confess some mortal sin, when we remember it, we are forced to confess it in our next confession.
8. We can not receive communion in mortal sin.
This is another sacrilege, and, equally, it is a very serious sin.
9. The Mass is a sacrifice.
It is not a banquet or dinner, nor just remembering the death of Jesus. The Holy Mass is a sacrifice, the same sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross being present at the altar, where there is an outpouring of Blood in a bloodless way.
10. The Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus.
Contrary to what many may think, the Eucharist is not only the body of Christ, but also His Blood, Soul, and Divinity.
Now, we have no excuses. We know what we have to do. Now I ask you, what are some of the truths that, in your experience, you have realized that Catholics have forgotten, or even yourselves did not know? Write it in the comments below.