Spiritual Communion During The Day

Here is one of the counsels which Saint Pio of Pietrelcina gave to one of his spiritual daughters:  “In the course of the day, when it is not permitted you to do otherwise, call on Jesus, even in the midst of all your occupations, with a resigned sigh of the soul and He will come and will remain always united with your soul by means of His grace and His holy love.  Fly with your spirit before the tabernacle, when you cannot stand before it bodily, and there pour out the ardent longings of your soul and embrace the Beloved of souls, even more than if you had been permitted to receive Him sacramentally.”

Let us, too, profit by this great gift.  During the times that we suffer trials or feel abandoned, for example, what can be more valuable to us than the union of our Sacramental Lord by means of spiritual Communion?  This holy practice can easily fill our days with acts and sentiments of love, and can make us live in an embrace of love solely conditioned by a renewal so frequent that it seems uninterrupted.

St. Angela Merici was passionately fond of spiritual Communion.  Not only did she make it often and exhort others to do it, but she went so far as to make it her daughters’ special heritage, because she wanted them ever after to practice it.

What shall we say of St. Francis de Sales?  Does not his whole life seem like a chain of spiritual Communions?  He resolved to make a spiritual Communion at least every quarter of an hour.  So, too, St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe even from his youth.  A brief page from the spiritual diary of the Servant of God, Andrew Beltrami, tells us about what is in fact a little program for a life lived in uninterrupted spiritual Communion with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  These are his words:  “Wherever I may be I will often think of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  I will fix my thoughts on the holy tabernacle—even when I happen to wake up at night—adoring Him from where I am, calling to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, offering up to Him the action in which I am engaged.  I will install one telegraph cable from my study to the church, another from my bedroom, and a third from our refectory; and as often as I can, I will send messages of love to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.”  What a stream of divine affections must have passed through those precious cables!

From the Jesus Our Eucharistic Love by Fr. Stefano Manelli, FI

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