Sacrilege Real sacrilege is the irreverent treatment of sacred things as distinguished from places and persons. This can happen first of all by the administration or reception of the sacraments (or in the case of the Holy Eucharist by celebration) in the state of mortal sin, as also by advertently doing any of those things invalidly. Indeed deliberate and notable irreverence towards the Holy Eucharist is reputed the worst of all sacrileges. Likewise conscious maltreatment of sacred pictures or relics or perversion of Holy Scripture or sacred vessels to unhallowed uses, and finally, the usurpation or diverting of property (whether movable or immovable) intended for the maintenance of the clergy or serving for the ornamentation of the church to other uses, constitute real sacrileges. Sometimes the guilt of sacrilege may be incurred by omitting what is required for the proper administration of the sacraments or celebration of the sacrifice, as for example, if one were to say Mass without the sacred vestments.
And after the morsel, Satan entered into him. And Jesus said to him: That which thou dost, do quickly. St. John (13:27)
Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep. (1 Cor. 11:27)
“They who make a sacrilegious Communion, receive satan and Jesus Christ into their hearts—Satan, that they may let him rule, and Jesus Christ, that they may offer Him in sacrifice as a Victim to Satan.” St. Cyril
“As of all the sacred mysteries … none can compare with the … Eucharist, so likewise for no crime is there heavier punishment to be feared from God than for the unholy or irreligious use by the faithful of that which … contains the very Author and Source of holiness.” (De Euch., v.i) The Catechism of the Council of Trent
“For this reason we must remind those intending to receive Holy Communion of the commandment found in St. Paul’s Epistle to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 11:28): ‘But let a man prove himself and so let him eat of that Bread, and drink of the Chalice.’ The traditional and immemorial custom of the Church has always been unmistakably clear on this question: let a person wishing to receive Holy Communion truly examine his conscience and if he be in the state of mortal sin, let him not receive Holy Communion (no matter how contrite he may consider himself to be) without first availing himself of sacramental confession.” Council of Trent
Biden and granddaughter Natalie get caught in snow storm as they attend Sunday mass at his local parish in Wilmington
President Joe Biden attended Mass at his home parish Sunday amid heavy snow brought on by Winter Storm Quade and brought along his granddaughter Natalie. The president visited St. Joseph on the Brandywine in the morning, as Winter Storm Quade was still battering his hometown of Wilmington. He was accompanied by Natalie Biden, 16, daughter of his late son, Beau. Although it had been snowing for hours, there wasn't much accumulation, and the roads were in good shape outside the spacious house and the church Biden and his family has attended for years. The snowfall picked up during the less than an hour Biden was attending mass, and large flakes were falling at a rapid clip by the time he left, forming a slushy mixture on the ground. Officials could be seen sprinkling rock salt near the entrance to the church soon after he arrived, and shoveling outside the entrance shortly before he left – helping the president avoid another troublesome injury to his foot. Biden, 78, got a clean bill of health from the White House physician on Saturday after a visit to the local orthopedist office he visited during the presidential transition. According to Dr. Kevin O'Connor, physician to the president, x-rays show Biden's fractures sustained while playing with dog Major have healed. 'Both small fractures of his foot are completely healed. These films were obtained while standing, so we could further assess that his ligamentous stability remains fully intact and strong. This injury has healed as expected, and he will return to his usual exercise regimen.' Source