From a reader:
I’ve read past entries of yours in which you’ve commented on the particulars of the fast before the reception of Holy Communion, and there’s one aspect you haven’t covered yet to my knowledge. What if I’m in an as yet unabsolved state of sin and I know well beforehand that I’ll be abstaining from the Sacrament? Am I still obligated to observe the 1 hour fast, or can I chow down to my heart’s content before I leave for Mass? It has never felt right to me that I could be wiping the breadcrumbs off my shirt as I approach the Church doors and yet I know of no rule against it. What is the rule as it applies to those who are abstaining?
This isn’t too hard. You are obliged to fast for one hour before the reception of Holy Communion, not before the distribution of Holy Communion.
Two other pieces of advice.
- Use a bib.
- GO TO CONFESSION!