Spiritual Opportunities and Resources
Following the Diocese of Arlington, Holy Spirit Church will provide opportunities for online Mass, live-stream Catholic media, prayers & daily reflections, Catholic movies, devotional challenges, etc.
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Bishop Burbidge asks that we pray this diocesan prayer so that the Diocese can be unified in prayer during this time.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
by St. Alphonsus de Liguori
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. Amen.
When we cannot attend Mass we can still make an Act of Spiritual Communion. According to St. Thomas Aquinas, a spiritual communion is “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received Him.” One good time to make a spiritual communion is while we are adoring Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, but we can make them at any time of the day or night, even multiple times a day.
The basic elements of an Act of Spiritual Communion are an Act of Faith; an Act of Love; a desire to receive Christ; and an invitation to Him to come into your heart.
“Spiritual Communion, as St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Alphonsus Liguori teach, produces effects similar to Sacramental Communion, according to the dispositions with which it is made, the greater or less earnestness with which Jesus is desired, and the greater or less love with which Jesus is welcomed and given due attention.” (Father Stefano Manelli)
Pope St. John Paul II encouraged spiritual communions: “…[I]t is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist. This was the origin of the practice of ‘spiritual communion,’ which has happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life.
St. Catherine of Sienna once saw Jesus holding two chalices. He told her: “In this golden chalice I put your sacramental communions. In this silver chalice I put your spiritual communions. Both chalices are quite pleasing to me.”
St. John Vianney offered this counsel: “When we feel the love of God growing cold, let us instantly make a Spiritual Communion. When we cannot go to the church, let us turn towards the tabernacle; no wall can shut us out from the good God.”
St. Leonard of Port Maurice said: “If you practice the holy exercise of spiritual Communion several times each day, within a month you will see your heart completely changed.”
Beautiful Words to Ponder
This was written by Kathleen O’Meara, (1839 – 1888) an Irish-French Catholic writer of the late Victorian period.
“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and grew gardens full of fresh food, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply.
Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to love and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”
Sharefaith 30 Day Family Devotional Challenge
For families, these are unprecedented times. The events surrounding Covid-19 are changing the routines of daily life. But in the midst of these changes, there is a wonderful opportunity our families have been given: extra time together!
Why not do something with this time that makes you stronger, brings you encouragement, and reminds you of what matters most? Spend this time with your family in the Word of God!
When you sign up for the free 30-Day Devotional challenge, Sharefaith Kids will send you a daily email with an interactive devotional to share with your families. Each devotional comes with an animated Bible Video, Scripture reading, discussion questions, and printable activity pages.