The saints were eager to make use of these and similar holy means to provide outlet for their overflowing hearts; for they never felt they had gone far enough in their endeavors to love. “The more I love You, the less I love You,” exclaimed St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, “because I would like to love You more, but I cannot. Oh enlarge, enlarge my heart.” St. Bernadette eventually begged a fellow sister to wake her up during the night hours when normally she would sleep. Why? “Because I would like to make a spiritual Communion.”
When St. Roch of Montpelier spent five years in prison because he had been judged a dangerous vagabond, he prayed continuously, keeping his eyes ever fixed on the window of his cell. The guard asked, “What are you looking at?” The Saint answered, “I am looking at the parish bell tower.” It was the reminder of church, of tabernacle, and of the undivided love of the Eucharistic Jesus.
The holy Curé of Ars told his flock: “At the sight of a church tower you can say: Jesus is there, for there a priest has celebrated Mass.” Blessed Louis Guanella, when he was travelling by train on pilgrimage to the various shrines, used always to advise pilgrims to turn their minds and hearts to Jesus every time they saw a church tower from the carriage window, “Every bell tower,” he would say, “indicates a church, where there is a tabernacle, where Mass is said, and where Jesus stays.”
Let us learn from the saints. They would like to pass on to us some spark of the love burning in their hearts. Let us undertake to make many spiritual Communions, especially during the busiest moments of the day. Then soon the fire of love will enkindle us. For what St. Leonard of Port Maurice assures us of is most consoling: “If you practice the holy exercise of spiritual Communion several times each day, within a month you will see your heart completely changed.” Less than a month—clear enough, is it not?
From the Jesus Our Eucharistic Love by Fr. Stefano Manelli, FI