Is Spiritual Communion Enough?

In recent days and weeks, many have asked me about spiritual communion. Not so much what it is, rather… is it enough? I would say YES!

The Catechism says: that through the sacrament, “we unite ourselves to Christ, who makes us sharers in his Body and Blood to form a single body,” (CCC 1331). In these days of Streamed Masses and TV Liturgies, we must allow ourselves to step into the embrace of God and accept His love and the spiritual bread that God gives us.

By making an act of spiritual communion, we express our faith in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist and ask him to unite himself with us.

Here is the Act of Spiritual Communion written by St. Alphonsus de Liguori:

My Jesus,
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.

In His life St. Alphonsus de Liguori said the Act of Spiritual Communion throughout his day. Many of the saints practiced this throughout the day such as Padre Pio and also St. Josemaria Escriva who encouraged everyone to do so frequently for a closer union with God. So, let us join in their example and share in God’s love for us through the Act of Spiritual Communion!

From Joey Gutierrez
Director of Evangelization and Catechesis

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