An Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
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.
What is Spiritual Communion
I was asked recently how does one make a Spiritual Communion? I copy the follow
text from the writings of St. Teresa of Avila that might be helpful to some.
“You know that God is everywhere; and this is a great truth, for of course, wherever
the king is , or so they say, the court is too: that is to say wherever God is, there is
Heaven. No doubt you can believe that, in any place where His Majesty is, there is
fullness of glory. Remember how St. Augustine tells us about his seeking God in
many places and eventually finding him within himself. Do you suppose that it is of
little importance that a soul which is often distracted should come to understand this
truth and to find that, in order to speak to its Eternal Father and to take its delight in
Him, it has no need to go to heaven or to speak in a loud voice? However quietly we
speak, He is so near that He will hear us: we need no wings to go in search of Him
but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon Him present
within us. Nor need we feel strange in the presence of so kind a Guest; we must talk
to Him very humbly, as we should to our father, ask Him for things as we should ask
a father, tell Him our troubles, beg Him to put them right, and yet realise that we are
not worthy to be called His children……
Those who are able to shut themselves up in this way within this little Heaven of the
soul, wherein dwells the Maker of Heaven and earth, and who have formed the habit
of looking at nothing and staying in no place which will distract these outward
senses, may be sure that they are walking on an excellent road, and will come without
fail to drink of the water of the fountain, for they will journey a long way in a short
time. They are like one that travels in a ship, and if he has a good wind, reaches the
end of the voyage in a few days, while those who go by land take much longer….
…..we have actually something within us incomparably more precious than anything
we see outside…..
(St. Teresa of Avila – Way of Perfection Chapter 28)
Pray for those who suffer the consequences of the current pandemic
Almighty ever-living God,
only support of our human weakness, look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your
children who suffer because of this pandemic; relieve the pain of the sick,
give strength to those who care for them, welcome into your peace those who have died
and, throughout this time of tribulation, grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen