Spiritual Communion


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.

The Mass (aka the Eucharist) is the source and summit of the Church’s life. As such, it is also the epicenter of Christianity per se. Firstly and most essentially, the Mass is the activity of Jesus offering himself to the Father. In other words, the Eucharist is primarily a sacrifice. The word sacrifice comes from two Latin words: sacra, meaning “holy,” and facere, “to make.” The Mass, therefore, is Christ “making holy” his Mystical Body, the Church. It is Jesus, through the hands of his priests, reconciling the world with the Father. St. Paul says it beautifully: “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Christ, and through him to reconcile to himself all things” (Col. 1:20). This is why the high point of the Mass is not reception of Holy Communion, but rather the Doxology: “Through him and with him and in him, O God Almighty Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours forever and ever. Amen!” In these words, we hear the reason we celebrate Mass—namely, to witness and participate in the saving activity of Christ who binds us to the Father: “May they all be one Father, just as you are in me and I am in you” (John 17:21).

Here we see the primary purpose of spiritual communion: to unite our hearts and souls with the sacrifice of Christ made by the priest in the Holy Mass. Even though we may not be able to attend Mass physically because of extraordinary circumstances, our bishops and parish priests are still celebrating the Eucharist privately. Thus, we are called to unite our hearts with the heart of our shepherds who speak to God on our behalf and fulfill Christ’s mandate to “do this in memory of me” (Luke 22:19). Wherever a priest faithfully celebrates Mass, there is the Church! The souls of those present and absent are integrated into a single symphony of love to the Father. Although today, we have to be separated for the sake of safety and protection, we can still be united to one another through prayer and contemplation.

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