Spiritual communion consists in:
- an ardent desire to receive Our Lord present in the Eucharist when, for valid reasons, one is unable to receive Him sacramentally.
- an act of faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
- an act of gratitude for the infinite benefits that Jesus has acquired for us through His Passion.
- an act of love towards God present in the Holy Host.
Spiritual communion will be all the more perfect and useful as the acts of love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will be more fervent.
“Give me a soul that knows how to love, and it will feel what I say. It is very easy to make spiritual communion several times each day, since it does not require fasting and priestly ministry or a long time to do it, and so it can be repeated as many times a day as one wants.” (Saint Augustine)
Kneel before God with great recollection (if infirmity does not prevent you from doing so). Unite yourself with all the Masses that are celebrated throughout the world. Unite yourself especially with Jesus who, out of love for you, is truly present in the Sacred Host. Humbly striking your breast to show that you recognize yourself unworthy of such great grace, make an act of contrition with all your heart: