The Art of Spiritual Communion

St. Thomas Aquinas said that Spiritual Communion was “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received him.”

St. Teresa of Jesus: “When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you.”

Pope John Paul II the Great: “… it is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire in our hearts for the sacrament of the Eucharist. This was the origin of the practice of ‘Spiritual Communion,’ which has happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life.”

St. Jean-Marie Vianney: “If we are deprived of Sacramental Communion, let us replace it, as far as we can, by spiritual communion, which we can make every moment; for we ought to have always a burning desire to receive the good God.”

St. Josemaria Escriva: “What a source of grace there is in spiritual communion! Practice it frequently and you’ll have more presence of God and closer union with him in your life.”

Note: Roman Catholic theologians teach that the value of spiritual communion can be as great as that of Eucharistic communion.

According to the Enchiridion, the official Catholic handbook on indulgences, “An act of Spiritual Communion, according to any pious formula, is enriched with a partial indulgence.”

The Catechism of the Council of Trent also sheds great light on the practice of spiritual communion.

Given that any wording, with the correct intention of course, may constitute an act spiritual communion, following is my own personal Act of Spiritual Communion.

~~~ “Jesus, please keep me with you always, and be always with me.” ~~~

Published in: on January 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm  Comments Off on The Art of Spiritual Communion