The renowned "Angelic Doctor", St. Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274), described a Spiritual Communion as, "...an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament and lovingly embrace Him."; the illustrious St. John Marie Vianney (d. 1859) once said, "... [Spiritual] Communion is to the soul like blowing a fire that is beginning to go out, but has still plenty of hot embers; we blow, and the fire burns again." And the wonderful thing about a Spiritual Communion is that we can make it any time during the day and, as many times during the day, as we feel inspired to do so. This pious exercise is particularly potent during Eucharistic Adoration.
|St. Catherine of Siena
The above-anecdote so impressed me I never forgot it although it's been quite a while; hence, Spiritual Communions became a part of my own spiritual regimen, thanks to St. Catherine of Siena.
Besides, the testimonies included above from St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John Vianney, and St. Catherine of Siena, there were other holy individuals who esteemed the value of Spiritual Communions... or received private revelations from our Lord about the efficacy of the practice. Among them were the following:
+ St. Teresa (of Jesus) of Avila (d. 1582) once wrote: