Does the Eucharistic fast begin an hour before the start of Mass, or an hour before one actually receives Communion? Why do we fast before Communion, anyway?
Catholics are asked to fast for an hour before receiving Holy Communion. In practical terms, on a typical Sunday, Communion is distributed about 40 minutes after Mass starts and it takes, on average, 20 minutes to go from your front door to the front door of church. So, you could eat breakfast right before leaving for church and still fulfill the legal requirements for the eucharistic fast.
What does the Church teach on cremation? Has this teaching remained the same? If not, why the change?
In the days of the Roman Empire, cremation was a common practice. One of the few exceptions to this practice was people of the Jewish faith. They held fast to their custom of burying the bodies of the dead.
What is Eucharistic Adoration? What are proper behaviors and proper ways to spend time at Eucharistic Adoration?
One story told about St. John Vianney, the saintly pastor of Ars in France, is that he often saw a farmer sit in the back of the parish church. The saint took notice that the farmer would spend long periods of time there before the Eucharist. Finally one day, the saint asked him what he did during his time of adoration. The farmer simply responded, "I look at Him and He looks at me."