Another really bad idea: Communion Pills

Even though there is no danger of true true sacrilege (these Protestants have no valid Eucharist or anything like), there is danger of idolatry… and of being kinda dumb.

Perhaps it’s a matter of lack of oxygen at higher altitudes?

I bring this grizzly thing up because the woman tries to drag Catholics into her charade.

Colorado Woman Sells Communion In Pill Form

DENVER (CBS4)– One Colorado businesswoman is taking a symbol of her faith to those on the go.

Theresa Lay came up with God’s Pill after going through a personal tragedy.

“I had gone through loss in my life and I was taking daily communion. [I wonder what Protestant groups do that.] And I thought about a portable way, a quick and easy way to do it,” she told CBS4’s Dominic Garcia.  [Without all that inconvenient business of going to church, etc.  Maybe she should team up with those Pez dispenser people?]

One pill is made of matzo bread powder, the other red wine extract. She says it could be used by the military or people who are traveling. One person who reviewed the product said it has allowed them to worship in the jungles of Gambia.  [Worship….what, exactly?]

“Large groups or just people on the go who want to worship and give thanks to God. That’s pretty much how I invented the communion pill.”

Theresa says the pill isn’t associated with any denomination, it doesn’t matter if you’re Protestant or Catholic. [“It doesn’t matter” (so long as you buy!] She says 2,000 years ago communion was with fresh bread and wine. These days it’s wine or juice and processed wafers. The next step can now be prayer in pill form. [In PILL form!   I can see The Tablet getting on board with this.  This is right at the level of their faith/worship experience.]

“I believe communion brings hope and healing to the world. It’s been 2,000 years since the last supper and it’s new every time someone celebrates”.  [It’s new every time!]

Which will it be, Neo?

Okay… I might have to admit that this is no more sophisticated in its concept than the knowledge and faith in the Eucharist of many, if not most communicants these days.

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  1. Legisperitus says:

    They’re not even pills; they’re capsules. But someone who knows so little about Communion shouldn’t be expected to know anything about pills either.

  2. Saor Alba says:

    A fine Opus Dei priest once told me that Protestants don’t have the Real Presence, they have the Real Absence. An excellent way to put it I thought.

  3. jjbulano says:

    I am a Colorado native, and this is most embarrassing. Not sure if it is the “thin” air, or the heavy pot pollution, but definitely not right-thinking!!!

  4. MrsMacD says:

    Hmmm I suppose if the capsules were pure gold or lined with Gold and came with a golden spoon to eject the contents, then how would you consecrate the bread? Perhaps after it’s encapsulated. And of course you would need to have acolytes or a priest to accompany the Bread encapsulated to ensure that it isn’t profaned.

    Of course there is the pyx but we need to reinvent the wheel.

  5. majuscule says:

    These “pills” seem like full on superstition!

    Or stupidity.

    Pet Rocks anyone…?

  6. Joy65 says:

    TOTALLY and ABSOLUTELY stupid. Sorry but this is missing the boat completely.

  7. Joy65 says:

    REALLY? How utterly insane.

  8. youngcatholicgirl says:

    My first reaction after reading this was, “That was weird.”

  9. Clinton R. says:

    That sad thing is how many “Catholics” will see this and think “Wow, how cool, when can we do this?” Thanks to Holy Communion in the hand, the belief in the Real Presence of Christ is the Eucharist has been greatly reduced.

  10. un-ionized says:

    This is another version of those communion on the go packets they used to sell, a wrapped little wafer and a plastic wrapped little thingie of grape juice.

    To answer the above question, daily communion is often served to themselves by people in various evangelical sects who believe that communion is a reenactment of the Last Supper and is seen as a source of spiritual strength.

    As I asked a Methodist, if nothing happens when the bread is consecrated then why does the consecration have to be performed by an elder? No answer from him but the answer lies in their Anglican past and in the Catholic past before that.

  11. Sonshine135 says:

    Why not just do the entire Sunday Service in pill form ;)
    I better stop. Some German Cardinals might be reading this and think it is a splendid idea.

  12. hwriggles4 says:

    Honestly, I think my Protestant brothers and sisters would find this symbol to be ludicrous.

  13. MrsAnchor says:

    Well, the N.O. May find it useful perhaps the EMHCs can find this useful as to not spill Our Lord as so many often do…

    ..and what about Space travels ?!


    But really anything outside of Intinction and Our Traditional Rites will be touted these days. Sad, but Not surprising

  14. MrsAnchor says:

    As an aside from this article the photograph depiction..
    These days people knowingly CHOOSE the Blue Pill

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