Because liturgy is its own best catechesis, and the best way for anyone to learn about communion is to participate in communion.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Mid-life Lesson #27: The Eucharist is for babies, too
It is precisely within what some have called the ‘first stage of faith,’ that is, ages two to six, where children possess the greatest and most lasting responsiveness to images, rituals, and symbols. Given this, it should become increasingly clear as well that the denial of the Eucharist to the youngest of baptized children is nothing other than the denial of the primary way in which they actually can participate in the symbolic, ritual, and image-laden liturgical self-expression of the faith community.”