How few of us turn our thoughts to receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist outside of Sunday Mass. How blessed are we who have the opportunity to commune daily.The value of a spiritual Communion well made is enormous. We can and should make one frequently. Simply think on Jesus and how much He loves us and how much we love Him, then ask Our Blessed Mother to ask her Divine Son to come into our hearts. We can offer these Communions for the intentions of the Sorrowful and Immaculate heart of Mary, uniting our intentions to hers bathed in Jesus’ previous blood in union with all the acts Jesus and Mary performed.In this way our spiritual communions are enormously powerful and effacious!
In St.Gertrude’s writings, she tells of one occasion when she was so physically ill that walking over the the chapel for Mass was impossible for her. On this particular day, Gertrude had been preparing to receive with particular devotion, so when it became clear that Communion would be impossible.According to her usual custom, she consulted her Lord to know what would be most pleasing to Him. He replied,“Even as a spouse who was already satisfied with a variety of viands would prefer remaining near his bride to sitting at table with here, so would I prefer that you shoud deprive yourself of Communion through holy prudence on this occasion, rather than approach it.”And how, my loving Lord, can You say that You are thus satiated?”The Lord replied, “By your moderation in speech, by all your prayers, by all the good dispositions with which you have prepared to receive My adorable Body and Blood; these are to Me as the most delicious food “
How many occasions of grace do we overlook by neglecting the opportunity to receive spiritual Communion–our own illness, or a sick child in our care, perhaps. Or a work schedule that keeps us from Mass.
The story is told of St. Catherine who was presented by Jesus with two chalices, one of gold and the other of silver. The gold, He told her, was filled with hosts of her many sacramental Communions received at Mass over the years. The hosts in the silver chalice, He said, were from her many spiritual Communion. Both types were very pleasing to Him, He said.
Like St. Catherine and centuries later, like St. Faustina, spiritual communions were important parts of Gertrude’s life. She used to prepare for them with the same zeal and fervor as she did for sacramental Communions. But sometimes, the opportunity to receive left little time for preparation. She tells this story…When she came to Mass, though still in a state of extreme weakness, having prepared for spiritual Communion, she heard the sound of a bell announcing the return of a priest who had gone to a village to give Communion to a sick person.“O Life of my soul!”, she exclaimed, “how gladly would I receive Thee spiritually if I had time to prepare myself worthily!”“The looks of My Divine Mercy,” replied the Lord, “will impart to you the necessary preparation.” At that time, it seemed to the Saint that the Lord cast a look upon her soul like a ray of sunshine, saying, “I will fix My eyes upon thee.” (Ps. 31). From these words, she understood that the look of God produces three effects to those in our souls, similar to those that the sun produces in our bodies, and that the soul ought to prepare in three ways to receive it.”
First, the glance of Divine Mercy searches the soul and purifies it from every stain, making it whiter than snow. We obtain this favor by humbly acknowledgement of our defects.
Secondly, this look of mercy softens the soul and prepares it to receive spiritual gifts, even as wax is softened by the heat of the sun and becomes capable of receiving any impression. The soul acquires this by a pious intention.
Thirdly, the glance of Divine Mercy on the soul makes it fruitful in the different flowers of virtue, even as the sun produces and ripens different sorts of fruit. And the third effect is obtained by a faithful confidence which causes us to abandon ourselves entirely to God, confiding assuredly in the superabundance of His mercy, believing that all things will contribute to our eternal welfare, whether they appear favorable or adverse.
“All those who desire to advance in the love of Jesus Christ are exhorted to make a spiritual communion at least once in every visit that they pay to the Most Blessed Sacrament, and at every Mass that they hear; and it would even be better on these occasions to repeat the communions three times, that is to say, at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end. This devotion is far more profitable than some suppose, and at the same time nothing can be easier in practice.”~St.Alphonsus Liguori
“As in all the following visits to the Most Blessed Sacrament a spiritual communion is recommended, it will be well to explain what it is, and the great advantages which result from its practice. A spiritual communion, according to St. Thomas, consists in an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament, and in lovingly embracing Him as if we had actually received Him. How pleasing these spiritual communions are to God, and the many graces which He bestows through their means.”~St.Alphonsus Liguori
After receiving Holy Communion Our Lord said we should pray: “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus may the whole world burn with love for You!: ~Revelation to Gabrielle Bossis in France
“Everything I say to One of my Children is for all of them… Each Soul is my favorite… If Only you knew my Love for each One.” ~ Our Lord to Gabrielle Bossis (1874-1950)
“…Make as many Spiritual Communions as possible, to supply for the many Sacramental Communions which are not made.. One every quarter of an hour is not enough. Make them shorter, but more numerous..” ~ Our Lord to Sr. Benigna Consolata (1916)
‘If you practice the holy exercise of Spiritual Communion a good many times each day, within a month you will see yourself completely changed.’ ~St. Leonard of Port Maurice
“Make as many spiritual communions as possible,to supply for the many sacramental communions that are not made.One every quarter of an hour is not enough.Make them shorter,but more numerous~Our Lord to Sr.Benigna Consolata~
A spiritual communion acts on the soul as blowing does on a cinder-covered fire which was about to go out. Whenever you feel your love of God growing cold, quickly make a spiritual communion~St.John Vianney
~“Go to the tabernacle in spirit when you are unable to do so physically, and there pour out your ardent desires, talk, pray, and embrace the Beloved of our souls, even more than if you had been permitted to receive Him sacramentally.”~St.Padre Pio