|Posted by livingchrist on December 28, 2014 at 11:25 PM|
I thought I would share with you a spiritual practice which I developed during Advent. Years ago when I was in the convent, we had a huge grandfather clock in the hall which chimed the quarter hour and struck the Westminster chimes on the hour. I've been thinking about that clock throughout the year, remembering that when it struck the hour, we prayed an "hour prayer"--but what that prayer was, I no longer remember. As absent-minded as I can be, sometimes hours go by without my thinking about God or even saying a short prayer. Therefore, I determined to buy myself a Christmas present early, a chiming mantal clock with that same Westminster chime. I determined to say a little ejaculation or short prayer on the quarter hour and to pray an act of Spiritual Communion when I heard the clock striking the hour.
I read some time ago about St. Catherine of Siena. She asked Christ at some point about Communion, which pleased Him more: her sacramental communions or her acts of spiritual communion. He showed her a scale. On one side were her sacramental communions shining pure gold. On the other side, equally beautiful were her spiritual communions shining, pure silver. his reply, "Don't you see that both are precious to Me?
Preparing for my new adventure in prayer, I looked for varied acts of spiritual communion and found the well known: My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You. [St. Alphonsus Liguori]
Wikipedia has a rather good article, showing additional acts of communion. http [:/] /en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_Communion
On another website I found these words of Christ to Blessed Consolata Betrone: "Make as many Spiritual Communions as possible, to supply for the many Sacramental Communions which are not made. One every quarter of an hour is not enough. Make them shorter, but more numerous."
I wanted my acts of spiritual communion to be more personal, more in line with my own spirituality, so I determined to write my own. I have been using these 10 NEW acts of Spiritual Communion and would like to share them with you:
CHIMING AT MY DOOR
I hear You chiming at the door of my heart,
You, I adore in the Eucharist,
You, Eternal Presence,
You, Sacred Heart--always my food.
Come, let us have our Communion, Sweet Christ,
You in my heart, Me in Your Heart.
Never leave me, God of my heart.
I belong to You, 24/7— Lord of my life,
My Eucharistic King and Savior.
Your Sacrament is my greatest desire—
But alas, I am far from You.
Come with your precious Self,
my Bread, my Cup.
Let me eat & drink with You in sweet Communion.
Never leave me. Never let me leave You.
YOUR WOUNDED HEART
In spirit, I am always kneeling in wonder,
in adoration before the Tabernacle.
Your Sacred Heart, wounded by sin,
alone and neglected, martyred by love,
Draws from me immense sorrow—
In sweet communion with your Body and Blood,
Let me suffer all with You, no longer two,
but one, in Your sacrifice of love.
SACRAMENT OF EVERY MOMENT
Here You are to feed me once again.
I long to be filled with your Sacramental Presence,
But I find myself far from You.
I turn to Your tabernacle in whatever direction it lies,
In longing, in desire, in hunger, in thirst for your Grace.
You know everything, Jesus;
You know that You alone in all the earth delight me.
Let us be one in spiritual Communion,
In the sacrament of every moment.
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
I abandon myself in the fire of the Holy Spirit,
to the Father’s Sovereign will.
There, I have eternal access to You,
tender child of Bethlehem—
I devour Your very sweetness,
Wanting nothing to come between us, Blessed Child.
Let us have our little communion in the straw,
with our loving Mother smiling at us.
Let our Communion never end, my Lord.
What a delight You are to me, my Lord.
I can turn to You at any hour of the day or night,
breathe a sigh of love and desire from my heart,
And You fill me with Your sweet Communion.
Come into my heart,
Love of my Life,
And never leave me.
You come to me, Jesus, hungry and thirsty?
So am I, my Lord!
Drink from my heart,
Eat from my substance,
And I will do the same,
feasting on Your Love--
One mind, one heart, one will,
My divine Victim and Priest of the Father’s Will.
AT THE CROSS
“My food is to do the Will of Him who sent me—
“ I know, my sweet Christ.
And my own food is to enter
completely into that Love,
into a full, spiritual Communion
by feeding on Your precious Body & Blood—
spiritually through Grace, if not sacramentally.
I want to suffer all with You,
No longer two but one in Your sacrifice of Love.
How exhausted You are, My Lord,
Left alone with Your unbelievable destiny.
I am weak and poor,
but I want to be with You, for You,
to receive your bleeding,
frightened flesh in Communion.
How I cherish it.
All of You in all of me, for time and eternity.
How we both cherish it.
You have known from the foundations of the world
that I would be here now.
Let me never betray or leave You
and the souls You so love.
IN MY DISTRACTION
In my distraction,
I sometimes find it hard to focus.
Pierce me with desire, My Lord.
Set my heart ablaze with desire
For Your sweetness, Your holiness, Your Purity—
O God, my All in All.
Feed me. I’m Yours.
Never let me get away from You,
Heart of my heart.