False Courage and Real Selfishness
I have noted several things in the past.
One is that grave sin always cloaks itself in the language of courage. Somebody who wants to be a real son of a bitch always tells himself and those around him that he has the raw guts to do what lesser, weaker, more timid souls are too afraid to do.
Another thing I have noted is that, particularly with the Cult of Trump, accusation is always a form of confession. If you want to know the deepest desires of the Cult, just listen to what it accuses others of planning to do.
Finally, as I have remarked several times, the greatest calamity to befall American conservative Christianity–and above all Reactionary Catholicism–is its nearly infinite capacity for combining bullying pride directed at its victims with butthurt self pity directed at itself.
Behold! The perfect synthesis of it all:
The conviction that having to show some consideration for other people is The Beginning of the End, like the belief that doing so is a mark of cowardice and that Real Catholics have the guts to trample those at risk to grab their Me-Charist is everything wrong with this selfish, bullying cult of aesthetes.
Here’s reality: Those who choose to receive communion in the hand commit no sin because Holy Church permits it and Sacred Tradition shows us there is precedent:
“When you approach, take care not to do so with your hand stretched out and your fingers open or apart, but rather place your left hand as a throne beneath your right, as befits one who is about to receive the King. Then receive him, taking care that nothing is lost.” – St. Cyril of Alexandria
More than this, Holy Church has a perfect right to legislate that, in time of Pandemic, communion in the hand be the sole manner under which the Eucharist be distributed in order to help protect the lives of the flock.
Any Catholic serious about dying to themselves and living for others should gladly accept this minor inconvenience to their customary piety. (I speak as one who customarily receives on the tongue).
To make war on Holy Church, bullying the vulnerable and those showing them consideration with charges of “cowardice” or, worse, of attempting to persecute those selfish enough to demand communion on the tongue is nothing other than narcissism, not obedience to Christ or love of God or neighbor.
Here’s reality: Jesus Christ told the apostles and their successors, “Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Mt 18:18).
Those who defy and insult Holy Church for this perfectly legitimate measure undertaken for the good of the flock and of the most vulnerable are not martyrs for the Faith. They are selfish, thoughtless, narcissistic bullies putting others at risk because of a pious aesthetic fetish that is a purely human tradition.
Stop it. Think about somebody besides yourself for a change.