There are days like today, for me, when we are overwhelmed with the tasks of our vocation as mothers and don’t get to do everything we set out to do. With one sick child home from school, homeschooling another, and my husband out of town on business, today is definitely “one of those days.” The house is not in order and there are dishes in the sink and it’s already almost 5 o’clock, so there’s not much chance we will go to bed in a clean house. Besides all that, I just had to wrestle a pork chop from our Shih-tzu Ollie’s mouth, who had stolen the discarded meal from the garbage!
Another symptom of a chaotic day is not getting to go to Mass like I try to when able. Today, I remembered to make a short spiritual communion since I could not get to Mass, and this helped to bring me back to being focused on Jesus and less stressed and anxious. I was also able to offer up my anxiety, frustration, and dryness to the Lord and know that, in turn, my difficulties are being united with his suffering on the Cross and can be used for the salvation of my soul and the souls of others.
St. Thomas Aquinas described a spiritual communion as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament [in Communion at Mass] and in lovingly embracing Him as if we had actually received Him.” It can be done any time or place, and a formula like the one below can be used or you can speak to the Lord in your own words. I’m so grateful that we have devotions like these that we can use any time or place to draw closer to God and rekindle the fire of our faith. As St. Jean Vienney encouraged, “spiritual communion acts on the soul as blowing does on a cinder – covered fire which was about to go out. Whenever you feel your love of God growing cold, quickly make a spiritual communion.”
An act of Spiritual Communion:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now 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. Amen.