During these stressful times when public Masses are not allowed, do you feel disconnected from our Lord? An Act of Spiritual Communion can help! No matter what your day is like, Jesus can help make it better, or at least more bearable, if you ask Him for His help and guidance in prayers such as this one, composed by St. Alphonsus Liguori in the 18th century:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
The best way to receive Christ is in Holy Communion at Mass. Yet for those times we can’t attend Mass, we can still reach out to Him by making a Spiritual Communion in prayer! St. Thomas Aquinas defined a Spiritual Communion as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and in lovingly embracing Him as if we had actually received Him.”
You can make a Spiritual Communion in church or anywhere, using one of the prayers given in this article, or one made up from your own heartfelt thoughts. You can make a Spiritual Communion before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, or anywhere else where the Spirit moves you.
Oh Jesus, I turn toward the holy tabernacle where You live hidden for love of me. I love you, O my God. I cannot receive you in Holy Communion. Come, nevertheless, and visit me with Your grace. Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like unto Your own. Amen.
Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
This last sentence is drawn from Matthew’s Gospel, in which a Roman Centurion expressed his deep faith in our Lord’s healing powers for his servant. Jesus was quite moved by the soldier’s faith, and healed his servant at once. Christ might not answer us quite so instantaneously, but rest assured, He can and will respond to anyone who comes to Him in love and humility for His Divine assistance. We can always make a Spiritual Communion in front of the Blessed Sacrament, at home, work or in the car!
St. Jean-Marie Vianney, a French priest famous for converting countless souls to Christ in his parish of Ars in the 19th century, once said “when we feel the love of God growing cold, let us instantly make a Spiritual Communion. When we cannot go to the church, let us turn towards the tabernacle; no wall can shut us out from the good God.” We can indeed be grateful for that!